Palace joins calls to ratify information bill

June 1, 2010 8:35 pm 

MANILA, June 1 — Malacanang has joined the calls for the passage of the Freedom of Information (FOI) bill in the Lower House, saying it would give more teeth to the constitutional right to know and the state policy of full disclosure of transactions involving public interest.

Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Rogelio Peyuan said the Palace was hopeful that this bill “will come to life” when lawmakers tackle the bill on Friday (June 4).

“We are one with everyone who wishes to see the passage of this proposed bill. And we believe, as we always put our trust and confidence in the entire sector of our media practitioners, that we will see this come to life,” Peyuan said in a news conference on Tuesday.

Peyuan said the passage of Freedom of Information Act would mean a lot for each and every outfit or individual practitioner in the media circle.

The FOI bill seeks to ensure the implementation of the right of the people to information on matters of public concerns guaranteed under Section 7, Article 3 of the 1987 Constitution and the state policy of full disclosure of all its transactions involving public interest under Section 28, Article 2 of the Constitution.

If passed, it would allow the people to gain access on information on matters of public concern, such as official records and to documents, and papers pertaining to official acts, transactions, decisions, as well as government research data used as basis for policy development.

The Senate approved its version of the bill last Dec. 14 with 12 senators voting for the measure. (PNA)

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