Aquino vows passage of FOI bill before term ends

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III assured on Tuesday that Freedom on Information (FOI) bill will be enacted into law before he steps down from office in 2016.

Aquino gave the assurance during the "Daylight Dialogue: The Good Governance Challenge" in Malacanang and attended by visiting World Bank President Jim Yong Kim and businessmen, among others.

"(As) somebody who was frustrated in the search for information previously, especially when I was in the legislature, there is a need for that," the President said when asked by Ramon del Rosario of the Makati Business Club of his assurance on the passage of FOI bill before his term ends.

He said that the Palace has suggested to Congress certain amendments to the proposed measures that will make it really a doable activity for government.

But Aquino said he could not certify FOI bill as urgent because the Constitution requires an emergency whenever he would use this power.

"But the assurance I think should be given at this point in time that it will be passed before the end of my term," he said.

Different groups have been calling for the passage of the FOI bill to make government more transparent. (SDR/Sunnex)

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