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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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MAY-JUNE 200
t
HE FREEDOM of Information (FOI) Act—areconciled version of the Senate and House ver
-sions
died in the nal day of the 14
h
Congress,after being approved by the bicameral confer
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ence committee and ratied by the Senate inFebruary of this year.
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nly 128  f  267 rprs-vs   lwr hs -  J 4 sss. t rs k  r v r wr s r w pss—r r sw  k  Frm f ifrm(Foi) .t fw r  rprsvsw wr r s r   rsp  r    s sss f hs f Rprsvs. t s mfrm hs Spkr Prspr nrs.h   rs r  -rssm w wr m  mr 180 -spsrs f  Foi a.1. a, Jsp em a.2. a, Vr a e.3. a, M S.4.
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14TH CONGRESSKILLS FOI BILL
 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 
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fect by House Speaker ProsperoNograles and Malacañang’s claimthat it was supporting it, the billcan be reintroduced in the 15
h
 
Congress—but it will have to startfrom square one.To help speed it along, the ad
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 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
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ability in governance.President-elect Benigno Sime
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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
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rate session last May 31 during which it could act on pendinglegislation, arguing that the law 
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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
h
Congress passedinto history. But Nograles sus
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pended the June 4 session theminute Rep. Pedro Romualdo of Camiguin objected to Rep. Bien
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 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
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stitute a quorum.Representatives Abante andJoel Villanueva of Citizens Bat
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tle Against Corruption (CIBAC)Party-list opposed the roll call, but eventually agreed to it when the secretary-general of 
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By Ruby Shaira F. Panela
Rep. Bienvenido AbanteFOI advocates grieve over the failure of the bill’s passage.
Photos by LITO OCAMPO

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