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14th Congress Kills FOI Bill

14th Congress Kills FOI Bill

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14th Congress Kills FOI Bill
By Shaira Panela
PJR Reports May-June 2010
14th Congress Kills FOI Bill
By Shaira Panela
PJR Reports May-June 2010

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HE FREEDOM of Information (FOI) Act—areconciled version of the Senate and House ver
died in the nal day of the 14
Congress,after being approved by the bicameral confer
ence committee and ratied by the Senate inFebruary of this year.
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Amante, Edelmiro A.
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Foi bill sponsoRs wERE Among tHE AbsEntEEs
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Garcia, Pablo John F.
Gatchalian, Rex
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 Advocates, legislators back to square one on FOI bill
It was the farthest the bill hadgone since the rst version wasled in 1992. Widely expectedto pass, among other reasons because of assurances to that ef 
fect by House Speaker ProsperoNograles and Malacañang’s claimthat it was supporting it, the billcan be reintroduced in the 15
Congress—but it will have to startfrom square one.To help speed it along, the ad
 vocates of the FOI Act have askedthe next president to help realizethe passage into law of the long-delayed bill that’s meant to helpensure transparency and account
ability in governance.President-elect Benigno Sime
on “Noynoy” Aquino III, who wasamong the senators who voted forthe Senate Bill 3308, the Senate version of the bill, responded by promising to make congressionalpassage of the FOI bill a priority of his legislative agenda once heassumes ofce this July.
House leadership fails
Nograles had practically promised passage of bill. But theHouse failed to even hold a sepa
rate session last May 31 during which it could act on pendinglegislation, arguing that the law 
makers should concentrate on thenational canvassing for presidentand vice president instead.The June 4 session was the bill’s last chance to become law  before the 14
Congress passedinto history. But Nograles sus
pended the June 4 session theminute Rep. Pedro Romualdo of Camiguin objected to Rep. Bien
 venido Abante’s motion to ratify the FOI bill and moved for a rollcall. The House needed 135 warm bodies in the plenary hall to con
stitute a quorum.Representatives Abante andJoel Villanueva of Citizens Bat
tle Against Corruption (CIBAC)Party-list opposed the roll call, but eventually agreed to it when the secretary-general of 
By Ruby Shaira F. Panela
Rep. Bienvenido AbanteFOI advocates grieve over the failure of the bill’s passage.

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