There is no more reason for the committee on public information of the House of Representatives to continue delaying the progress of the Freedom of Information (FOI) bill and entertaining the addle-minded attempts of some lawmakers to force the inclusion of a right-of-reply (ROR) provision in the measure.
The dilly-dallying should stop, the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) said on Wednesday in a statement, pointing to “the clear results of the online poll on whether an ROR provision should be inserted into the FOI bill that our ‘honorable’ representatives posted early this month on the House of Representatives’ website http://congress.gov.ph/.”
”A poll, mind you, which they very suspiciously did not announce but which nevertheless could not slip past the vigilance of right to information advocates,” the NUJP added.
As of Wednesday, October 1, 2014, the survey showed 326 votes (71.18 percent) against the ROR and 124 votes (27.07 percent) for the ROR, with only eight undecided votes.
”Any more hedging on the matter can only bolster suspicions that the corrupt and the inept will not stop moving heaven and earth to prevent the passage of this landmark legislation, especially since the Senate passed its version months ago,” the NUJP said.