• Hopes dim for FOI


    Disgusted advocates pushing for the enactment of a Freedom of Information Law on Monday marched from the University of the Santo Tomas in España to the foot of the Mendiola Bridge in Manila to express their disappointment over the dimming hopes to successfully push the legislative measure. Nepomuceno Malaluan, co-convenor of the Right to Know. Right Now! Coalition, said they have lost all hopes that FOI would ever be passed by the 16th Congress since no less than Speaker Feliciano Belmonte is not lifting a finger to push the deliberation of the proposed FOI bill. “The Speaker promised its passage, but his actions do not match his words,” Malaluan said. “Everbody in the Liberal Party seems to be in favor of the FOI bill, but the Aquino administration has less than a year left and no major push is happening to ensure its passage,” he added. No less than Aquino promised to champion the measure when he was running for president in 2010. He reiterated his promise in his 2016 budget message.


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