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IDEAL VS PSALM

Respondent PSALM is a government-owned and controlled corporation created by virtue of Republic


Act No. 9136,1 otherwise known as the "Electric Power Industry Reform Act of 2001" (EPIRA). On
December 15, 2009, PSALM’s Board of Directors approved the Bidding Procedures for the
privatization of the AHEPP. On May 5, 2010, and after a post-bid evaluation, PSALM’s Board of
Directors approved and confirmed the issuance of a Notice of Award to the highest bidder, K-Water.6

Petitioners prays for the issuance of TRO contending that PSALM gravely abused its discretion
when, in the conduct of the bidding it disregarded and violated the people’s right to information
guaranteed under the Constitution, as follows: (1) the bidding process was commenced by PSALM
without having previously released to the public critical information (2) PSALM refused to divulge
significant information requested by petitioners, matters which are of public concern; and (3) the
bidding was not conducted in an open and transparent manner, participation was indiscriminately
restricted to the private sectors in violation of the EPIRA

Issue:
WON the PSALM violated the constitutional provisions regarding full public disclosure of State’s
transactions of public concern under Art. II Sec. 28 of the 1987 Constitution.

Ruling:
Yes.

The people’s constitutional right to information is intertwined with the government’s constitutional
duty of full public disclosure of all transactions involving public interest.28 Section 28, Article II of the
Constitution declares the State policy of full transparency in all transactions involving public interest

The foregoing constitutional provisions seek to promote transparency in policy-making and in the
operations of the government, as well as provide the people sufficient information to exercise
effectively other constitutional rights.

PSALM’s evasive response to the request for information for detailed information regarding the
winning bidder, such as company profile, contact person or responsible officer, office address and
Philippine registration was unjustified because all bidders were required to deliver documents such
as company profile, names of authorized officers/representatives, financial and technical experience.