Malacañang nods at revival of FOI bill

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Malacañang on Sunday said it has no problem with the revival of the controversial Freedom of Information (FOI) bill in the coming 16th Congress.

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In a radio interview, Palace deputy spokesman Abigail Valte said that they would support the controversial bill if it were introduced again.

She cited that the palace has come up with its own version of the measure, some provisions of which were adopted by lawmakers.

Valte earlier noted that the said two provisions were “recognized exceptions by way of jurisprudence” not only in the Philippines but in other countries as well.

The Palace spokesperson also stressed that Malacañang remains faithful to its vision of allowing the public to easily access information.

”In all six versions of the bill, we were the only ones who inserted the provision of uploading the SALN (statement of assets, liabilities and net worth),” she added.

Early in February this year, the House of Representatives failed to pass the FOI bill, with the latter reaching as far as the period of sponsorship—the first step in the plenary discussions of the measure.

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