FOI, anti-dynasty bills gather dust


The Freedom of Information (FOI) and the anti-political dynasty bills may die a natural death in the 16th Congress.

House Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales 2nd of Mandaluyong City has conceded that these bills will be sidetracked by the measure that seeks to establish the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region and the proposed P3 billion budget for 2016.

The FOI bill mandates government agencies and public officials to disclose all information pertaining to official acts, transactions or decisions, as well as government research data used as a basis for policy development, while the anti-political dynasty measure aims to allow only two members of a political family to run for public office in the same election.

Also to be sidelined is the “pet” bill of Speaker Feliciano Belmonte that seeks to lift the 40 percent restriction on foreign ownership of public utilities, land and media firms.

“The chances of approving these (measures) are becoming slimmer because our hands are full now. I am not saying that these are hopeless…the problem and what is needed here is numbers, and not because these bills are controversial,” Gonzales said in a radio interview.

Congress is expected to start plenary debates on the proposed Bangsamoro law after it opens its Third Regular Session on July 27. President Benigno Aquino 3rd will submit his proposed national budget after he delivers his State of the Nation Address on July 27.

The House and the Senate need to approve the Bangsamoro bill on third and final reading and have it ready for the President’s signature by August or ahead of the September approval of the budget on second reading.

Congress would then need to approve the proposed national budget before it adjourns in December.


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  1. Krissy Cingco on

    The BBL will pass because it is the right thing to do, and it is very difficult to argue against those who are in the right. congress and senate they too will open their minds. Naniniwala ako na Hindi sila ganun ka walang hiya at walang konsyensya para ibasura ang mga aspirasyon ng mga Pilipino sa Mindanao.

  2. Grace Castro on

    Pass it sirs madams, the 16th Congress will go down in History as the Congress that brought Peace and progress throughout the land and ushered a new era of prosperity under a culture of tolerance and religious diversity. This is a rare shot at Greatness!

  3. House Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales 2nd of Mandaluyong City has conceded that these bills will be sidetracked

    Those bills aren’t being sidetracked, they are being buried just like they have been since the 1987 constitution called for family dynasties to be prohibited as defined by law.

    28 years of not defining the law so they can ignore the constitution and pack the government with their families.

    28 years of being sidetracked ? The congress has no intention of passing the law, they never did. They will continue to ignore the constitution until the people decide enough is enough and throw them out with the garbage.