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Ateneo FactCheck 2013 Infographic: FOI

Ateneo FactCheck 2013 Infographic: FOI

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Ateneo FactCheck 2013 Infographic on the candidates' stances on Freedom of Information legislation.
Ateneo FactCheck 2013 Infographic on the candidates' stances on Freedom of Information legislation.

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Published by: Ateneo School of Government on May 10, 2013
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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 Fiteenth Congress could have cleared the way or the passage o the Freedom o Inormation (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 certiy the Bill asurgent and the ailure o the House Representatives to pass their version o the Bill havekept the Bill aoat 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.
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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 thereore 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 theaith o FOI in the 16th Congress.

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