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FOI Policy Briefing Paper

FOI Policy Briefing Paper

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A Policy Briefng Paper: Freedom of Information

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Participants

ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corp.
– Jeffry Cariño
– Oscar Domingo
– Miguel Armando Lim

Asian Institute of Management

– J.M. Luz

Asian Institute of Management Policy
Center

– Lai-Lynn Barcenas

Ayala Young Leaders Alumni Association

– Joseph Guinto Navarro

Bayan Muna Party List

– Carl Alo
– Teodoro “Teddy” Casiño

Bulatlat

– Ronalyn Olea

Department of Education

– Epifania Villafuerte

Eastern Visayas
Tri-Media Association

– Pedro Rico Cajife III

Embassy of Canada

– Tiffany Urrutia

Free Legal Assistance Group

– Theodore “Ted” Te

GMA Network Inc.

– J. Alwyn Alburo
– Steve Dailisan
– Don Morales

International Center for Innovation,
Transformation and Excellence in
Governance (InciteGov)

– Niel Lim

Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng
Pilipinas (Association of Broadcasters
of the Philippines)

– Reynaldo “Rey” Hulog
– Ruperto “Jun” Nicdao Jr.

Makati Business Club

– Patrick Chua

Manuel L. Quezon University

– Nelvin Bustillo
– Lalin-Radhika Dissanayaka
– Mark Lloyd Ranque
– Kenneth Rentutar
– Bayani Santos Jr.
– Raymond Sebastian

Minimal Government Thinkers, Inc.

– Nonoy Oplas

Miriam College

– Cynthia Ballat
– Mae Ann Chua
– Michelle Gadja

National Anti-Poverty Commission

– Ferdinand Hombrebueno

National Union of Journalists
of the Philippines

– Rowena Paraan

Philippine Center for
Investigative Journalism

– Ed Lingao

A Policy Briefng Paper: Freedom of Information

40

Philippine Daily Inquirer

– TJ Burgonio
– Isagani Yambot

Presidential Communications
Development and Strategic

Planning Office

– Donna Cruz

Polytechnic University
of the Philippines

– Elaine Fallarcuna
– Cherry Pebre

Presidential Communications

Operations Office

– Lesley Cordero
– Philippe Cortes
– Chris Lumanlan

Public Services Labor Independent
Confederation (PSLINK)

– Annie Geron
– Sheryl May Ramos
– Jose Florante Singson

Quezon City Polytechnic University

– Mary Joy Viñas

Solar News

– Monica Macarida
– Carolyn Ramoran

Summit Media

– Maita de Jesus

Sustainable Agriculture & Environment
Development Association

– Giovanni Villafuerte

Transparency and Accountability
Network

– Vincent Lazatin

World Bank-AIM Team Energy Center
Mindanao Bridging Leaders Program

– Miren Sanchez Facultad

Adrienne Nicole Bernal
Paul How
Dulce Morales
Paul Harris Santos

A Policy Briefng Paper: Freedom of Information

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FIFTEENTH CONGRESS

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REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES

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FIRST REGULAR SESSION

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HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

House Bill No. 53

Introduced by Representative Lorenzo R. Tañada III

“The days of the secret laws and unpublished decrees are over. This is once again an
open society, with all the acts of the government subject to public scrutiny and available
always to public cognizance. This has to be so if our country is to remain democratic, with
sovereignty residing in the people and all government authority emanating from them”

-Justice Isagani Cruz

Potente

Tañada vs. Tuvera (No. L-63915, 29 December 1986)

The preceding paragraph came from a Supreme Court decision written by Justice Isagani
Cruz on the case filed by my grandfather, the late Senator Lorenzo M. Tañada, together
with Abraham F. Sarminiento and the Movement of Attorneys for Brotherhood, Integrity
and Nationalism (MABINI) against Jun C. Tuvera, then serving as Executive Assistant to
President Ferdinand Marcos, among others.

The trigger behind the filing of the case was the numerous Letters of Instructions and
Presidential Decrees that remained unpublished during the Marcos era from which arrest
and other anti-people impositions of the State were made to appear legal. These measures
were literally done behind our peoples’ backs and being used against us. The Supreme
Court asserted that the prior publication of laws before they become effective cannot be
dispensed with.

These days, publication of laws before they become effective is a mere matter of course. But
during the dark days of Martial Law, such was the struggle that we had to endure just to
gain, little by little. Some semblance of democracy which we all cherish.

This bill hopes to add and enhance our democratic ideals and further empower our people.
It is a product of several discussions in the past Congress, ideals distilled between and
among NGOs, POs, media practitioners, the academe and of course legislators. The highest

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