Senate resumes debates on FOI bill next week

January 20, 2014 10:23 am 

By Jelly F. Musico

MANILA, Jan. 19 (PNA) – The Senate is hoping to pass Freedom of Information (FOI) bill before the end of the first quarter, according to Senator Grace Poe on Sunday.

”Hopefully, we will be able to pass it before the end of this first quarter in the Senate,” Poe said in radio dzBB media interview.

Poe said the plenary debates on the proposed measure will resume on Jan. 27 to give more time to each senator to prepare their questions and suggestions.

”Some of those who wanted to ask have requested for postponement, so I asked them to be prepared before the 27th this month,” Poe, chairperson of the Senate committee on public information and mass media, said.

Poe clarified that she is not trying to delay the passage of the bill but “we just wanted to make sure that we will pass a very well-studied bill.”

”What’s important is to really pass an FOI which we can be proud of. We will not pass it for the sake that we have passed it,” the lady lawmaker said.

Meanwhile, Poe thanked Senate President Franklin Drilon for making a commitment to prioritize the passage of the FOI bill.

Like Drilon, Poe is also hoping that the passage of the FOI bill would help to regain the Senate’s integrity damaged by the allegations that some P10 billion priority development assistance fund (PDAF) were misused.

The Senate regular session resumes on Monday after one-month Christmas break. (PNA)

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