By Leila B. Salaverria
Some of the authors of various versions of the freedom of information (FOI) bill in the House of Representatives have agreed to adopt just one version to speed up the process of producing a single consolidated measure, and to ensure that there will be fewer stumbling blocks to the bill’s passage.
By Leila B. Salaverria
The House of Representatives will try to focus on the freedom of information (FOI) bill and the antitrust bill in the nine session days it has left before it breaks for the election campaign period.
It was unfortunate for organizers of the ninth Media Nation conference that the event was held on the third anniversary of the Ampatuan Massacre. The anniversary drew scores of media practitioners to the streets of Mendiola rather than the cushy confines of Tagaytay City hotel where the summit was held. A statement was released by [...]
By Juan L. Mercado
“The worst sin is to be indifferent,” George Bernard Shaw wrote. Does this apply to President Benigno Aquino’s flip-flops on the Freedom of Information ( FOI ) bill?
For some confounding reason or another, President Benigno Aquino III has been waffling on the Freedom of Information (FOI) bill. Where once he declared, during his campaign for the May 2010 election that this was part of his battle cry for clean government, Aquino has chosen not to place it on the agenda of the [...]
By Christian V. Esguerra
Members of President Benigno Aquino III’s communications group on Thursday found themselves in the hot seat for their apparently slow action in drafting the administration’s own version of the freedom of information (FOI) bill. The Senate committee on public information, along with groups pushing for the bill, quizzed Secretary Ramon Carandang and Undersecretary Manuel Quezon [...]
By TJ Burgonio
The National Union of Journalists in the Philippines on Tuesday expressed disappointment over the exclusion of the freedom of information (FOI) bill from President Benigno Aquino III’s list of priority bills. Mr. Aquino recently met with lawmakers for the second Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council (Ledac) to draw up priority legislation that should be passed during [...]
By Christine O. Avendaño
The Freedom of Information (FOI) bill will not be among the priority measures President Benigno Aquino III will present to Congress leaders on Tuesday (today) in the second Legislative Executive Development Advisory Council (Ledac) meeting in Malacañang. It was also not certain if the controversial reproductive health (RH) bill pending in the House and Senate [...]