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Be transparent with ‘Yolanda’ aid, donors and recepients urged


Nearly five months after Super Typhoon “Yolanda” (international name: Haiyan) battered Eastern Visayas, Malacañang is still on the trail to ensure the transparancy and accountability of donations pledged to the victims of one of the worst natural disasters ever recorded.

Posted: March 23rd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Secretive Beijing demands transparency over missing jet

Malaysia's acting Transport Minister Hishamuddin Hussein shows maps of northern search corridor during a press conference at a hotel near the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, in Sepang, Malaysia, Monday, March 17, 2014. Twenty-six countries are involved in the massive international search for the Malaysia Airlines jetliner that disappeared on March 8 with 239 people aboard. They include not just military assets on land, at sea and in the air, but also investigators and the specific support and assistance requested by Malaysia, such as radar and satellite information. AP

China’s strident calls for Malaysia to divulge all it knows about flight MH370 are in stark contrast to its own history of secretiveness when calamities have struck, such as after the 2008 Sichuan earthquake, analysts say.

Posted: March 18th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Aquino won’t certify FOI bill


Despite his election campaign promise in 2010, President Aquino is not certifying as urgent the passage of the freedom of information (FOI) bill, although senators approved their own version of the measure on Monday.

Posted: March 12th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

House to use Senate FOI bill as ‘reference’

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The House of Representatives may soon follow the footsteps of its counterpart as it would use the Senate-approved freedom of information (FOI) bill as a “reference material” in crafting its own version, a lawmaker said Tuesday.

Posted: March 11th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

House unfazed by Senate approval of FOI bill

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Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. seemed unfazed that the freedom of information (FOI) bill remained stalled in the House of Representatives even as the Senate just passed its own version on Monday.

Posted: March 10th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »