By Bong Lozada
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.
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.
By Christian V. Esguerra
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.
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.
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.