Philippine Legislator Urges Aquino Action on FOI Bill

5 November 2010

Senate Minority Floor Leader Alan Peter Cayetano Nov. 5 called on the new Aquino administration to act on the freedom of information bill.

“I’m a bit disappointed with the way the Palace is treating the FOI bill,” Cayetano said during a press conference, according to GMANews.TV reporter Kimberly Jane T. Tam.

Last month, Cayetano urged the Aquino administration to certify as urgent the FOI bill. GMANews  reported, “Cayetano said the Palace has not yet acted on his request. 1Not only has it not been certified as urgent, there’s no real push from Malacanang,’ he said.”

Cayetano also said  there is a need to improve the  “watered-down” version of the bill during the Arroyo administration.

President Benigno Aquino III had earlier said the FOI bill will be a priority of his administration. [See: Noynoy vows to make FOI bill his administration’s priority]

“We trust that out legislators will be able to craft a new law that is founded on a broad-based consensus and responsve to the needs of the times,” Coloma said in an earlier statement.

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