Claim:All senatoriables support the passageof the Freedom of Information Bill, except for Jamby Madrigal, who has no categorical standon FOI.
Fact Check:Freedom of Information
The Fiteenth Congress could have cleared the way or the passage o the Freedom o Inormation (FOI) Bill aimed at deepening and broadening mechanisms or transparencyand accountability in the government. Despite the Senate voting unanimously or itspassage, though, the apparent lack o interest rom the President to certiy the Bill asurgent and the ailure o the House Representatives to pass their version o the Bill havekept the Bill aoat and its uture remaining grim.However, the 2013 elections seem to signal hope or FOI as ALL the senatorial candidates,except one, have expressed their support or FOI based on their ofcial pronouncements inwebsites and news clippings.
Among the top 20 leading candidates in the April 1 SWS Senatorial Survey Release, nine eitherco-authored or co-sponsored the bill (Loren Legarda, Alan Peter Cayetano, Antonio Trillanes IV,Gringo Honasan, MigzZubiri and Richard Gordon in the Senate, and RisaHontiveros, Sonny Angara,and JV Ejercito in the House o Representatives). Four other veterans/seniors in politics voted oror showed ormal support to the passage o the bill (ChizEscudero, Koko Pimentel, Jack Enrile, andMitos Magsaysay).These candidates thereore have shown, one way or another, through concrete actions (thoughvarying in degree), their support or the FOI, signaling the reliability o their support or FOI in the16th Congress.But there are seven candidates who were ound with no track record directly supporting theirpro-FOI claims. They are: Nancy Binay, Cynthia Villar, Bam Aquino, Grace Poe, Ramon Magsaysay,Ernesto Maceda, and TingtingCojuangco. It is the burden o these candidates to prove that theirsupport or the FOI is not a mere lip service. To date, available acts say their support is nothing butpure pronouncement.This FactCheck aims to urther scrutinize the position o the candidates by looking at theirtrack record in pushing or the Bill so as to provide a more solid basis or prediction on theaith o FOI in the 16th Congress.