FOI Bill - updates

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House panel approves FOI bill with 8 exceptions

Feb 15, 2017 - 4:10 PM

House public information committee chairperson Antonio Tinio says the FOI bill aims to flesh out the policy of full public disclosure in the country

APPROVED. The House committee on public information chaired by ACT Teachers Representative Antonio Tinio (1st from right) approves the FOI bill. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

After 2 hearings, FOI bill now up for Senate debate

Oct 19, 2016 - 4:07 PM

The bill which covers all branches of government seeks to mandate the disclosure of public documents on government websites

Photo from Office of Senator Poe

Malacañang eyes online portal to process FOI requests

Oct 11, 2016 - 5:50 PM

The Presidential Communications Office will also train agencies to prepare them for the full implementation of the executive order on Freedom of Information

E-FOI. Malacañang is eyeing an online platform where requests for FOI will be lodged in and processed.

Congress can pass FOI in 2016 – House committee chair

Aug 17, 2016 - 6:36 PM

ACT Teachers Representative Antonio Tinio says President Rodrigo Duterte s EO on full public disclosure for the executive branch has set the tone for the FOI bill s passage

TIME TO PASS FOI. House Committee on Public Information Antonio Tinio says the 17th Congress can pass the FOI bill into law within 2016. File photo by Rappler

Executive Order on FOI out soon – Palace

Jul 03, 2016 - 3:07 PM

Communications Secretary Martin Andanar says they are now rushing the EO so that they can have it released this week or next week

Pro-FOI groups laud Duterte's plan to issue EO on pending bill

May 23, 2016 - 12:30 PM

The Right to Know Right Now Coalition says an executive order on the FOI bill will be a strong confidence building measure for the Duterte administration

THE PRESIDENT-ELECT. Advocates of the FOI Act welcome president-elect Rodrigo Duterte's plan to finally pass the bill into law. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

What can Grace Poe's senatorial bets offer?

Oct 30, 2015 - 9:00 AM

The 12 persons on Grace Poe s Senate slate vow to fight for lower taxes and more jobs in the Philippines among other advocacies

THE FINAL LINEUP. Independent candidates Francis Escudero and Grace Poe announce their senatorial slate for the 2016 elections at Club Filipino in San Juan on Thursday, October 29. Photo by Jansen Romero/Rappler

FOI bill, INC crisis, North Korea upgrade | 12PM wRap

Jul 29, 2015 - 12:25 PM

Watch the 12PM edition of Rappler s newscast The wRap

Transparency 3.0 FOI: Asian perspectives, PH impact

Nov 26, 2014 - 4:07 PM

The forum will tackle the current FOI legislation and prospective implementation in the Philippines Discussions will also be focused on the experiences of India and Indonesia

Access to information: How it can help prevent disasters

Oct 21, 2014 - 6:03 PM

What the Philippines can learn from Indonesia s East Kalimantan province

9 months in the making: A consolidated FOI House bill

Sep 02, 2014 - 9:26 PM

The measure which seeks to give the public easy access to public documents still has a long way to go to become a law but the House leadership has vowed to pass it

STEP ONE. Ifugao Representative Teddy Brawner Baguilat Jr holds a copy of the consolidated version of the FOI bill along with fellow advocates. Photo from Baguilat's Twitter account.

FOI, Bangsamoro among Aquino's priority bills

Jul 30, 2014 - 6:10 PM

The list transmitted to the House of Representatives contains bills pertaining to the 2015 budget DAP investments the Philippine territories peace and order among others

5th FOI SNUB. Still no mention of the freedom of information bill in President Aquino's 5th State of the Nation Address. Photo by Francis Malasig/EPA

House panel to meet weekly to consolidate FOI bills

Jul 30, 2014 - 3:04 PM

In the past the technical working group tackled only one or two provisions in its meetings preventing authors from producing a consolidated version of the bill

HOUSE PRIORITY. The Freedom of Information bill is one of the priority measures of Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr but the bill has yet to hurdle the committee level. Photo by Mark Salvador/Rappler

Palace explains ‘missing’ FOI in SONA

Jul 29, 2014 - 4:20 PM

Malacañang says President Benigno Aquino III left out some topics in his 5th State of the Nation Address because he felt he had sufficiently addressed them

Senators: SONA silent on FOI but showed ‘gentler Aquino’

Jul 28, 2014 - 8:15 PM

Before he defined very much an us and them situation I think he took a step back from that and I think that’s a good thing for the country Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr says of President Aquino

LIGHT MOMENT. President Aquino chats with senators and House of Representatives leaders at the VIP room before his 5th State of the Nation Address on July 28, 2014.

‘The Filipino masses are not dumb’

Jul 21, 2014 - 8:56 PM

The most serious challenge to FOI is the conventional wisdom that the Filipino people do not know any better

Poe: DAP controversy shows need for FOI

Jul 21, 2014 - 3:43 PM

Senator Grace Poe says having an FOI law would have compelled the DBM to release complete information on DAP early on not after the fact

AUTOMATIC DISCLOSURE. FOI advocates like Senator Grace Poe say a Freedom of Information bill could have clarified the nature of the projects the DAP funded. Photo by Ayee Macaraig/Rappler

'80% chance' House will pass FOI bill – public info chair

Jul 01, 2014 - 3:55 PM

Advocates hold a town hall meeting and simultaneous sign on activities to push for the speedy passage of the Freedom of Information bill

PASS FOI NOW. Lawmakers and advocates participate in a town hall meeting at UP Bahay ng Alumni on July 1, 2014 to call for the speedy approval of the Freedom of Information bill. Photo by Angela Casauay/Rappler

Report on Luy list revives House push for right of reply

May 20, 2014 - 10:53 PM

Some lawmakers however believe the Freedom of Information bill must be passed first

Grace Poe: A name of her own?

May 13, 2014 - 1:00 AM

Grace Poe made her own mark by fulfilling a campaign promise: leading the swift passage of the FOI bill

'Bangsamoro law first; not FOI, anti-dynasty bills'

May 05, 2014 - 7:37 PM

Malacañang the Senate and the House do not count the freedom of information and anti political dynasty bills as priority The President has higher priorities in his plate the Palace says

PRIORITIES. Leaders of both chambers of Congress met Monday, May 5, to set their agenda until June, before the 1st regular session of the 16th Congress ends. File photo by Rappler

Aquino and the framing of the FOI bill

Mar 30, 2014 - 10:30 AM

The non certification of a bill as urgent is not the equivalent of a rejection of a bill or even its downgrade

Miriam to netizens: Pressure Aquino, House on FOI

Mar 12, 2014 - 1:53 PM

I hope netizens can exert sufficient educated public pressure on all these entities to shake a leg and pass the FOI bill

Rappler Newscast | March 10, 2014

Mar 10, 2014 - 9:38 PM

Case of the missing Malaysian plane remains a mystery Senate passes FOI bill Victims of a P7 B housing scam will pursue their case against the developer

Senate passes FOI bill on final reading

Mar 10, 2014 - 5:09 PM

Our FOI bill is not an inutile law so we made sure that the version that was passed is not diluted says Senator Grace Poe

FOI bill for final approval at Senate

Mar 09, 2014 - 8:00 PM

The FOI bill in its present form does not cover Cabinet discussions matters of national security diplomatic affairs and ongoing police investigations

2014: Setting the stage for an FOI law

Mar 01, 2014 - 12:13 PM

The PDAF controversy and Yolanda tragedy have lent a human face to the need for disclosure of public info but finding policy champions remains a challenge

Miriam FOI 'blockbuster:' Disclose politicos’ total income

Jan 27, 2014 - 6:47 PM

Santiago says her proposal to require politicians to disclose all their sources of income is a blockbuster and a carjack issue

Palace to hackers: Don't touch Open Data portal

Jan 20, 2014 - 7:56 PM

The Palace says the Open Data portal is not a substitute for the Freedom of Information bill which the administration has refused to certify as urgent

OPEN DATA PHILIPPINES. The website launches. Screen shot from Vimeo

Despite graft poll, Palace won’t certify FOI urgent

Jan 16, 2014 - 4:00 PM

Eight out of 10 businessmen say an FOI law will help reduce corruption but the Palace says the administration has promoted transparency in some other ways

What's in a name? FOI or ATI?

Oct 23, 2013 - 5:38 PM

Will the bill go through smooth sailing this time?

WHAT'S IN A NAME? The House public information committee convenes for the first time on Wednesday, October 23. Photo by Rappler

An anthem for the Freedom of Information

Oct 06, 2013 - 4:20 PM

Freedom of Information advocates compose a song to push for the passage of the FOI bill

FOI FOR ALL. FYI plans to inform as many people as possible of the benefits of having a Freedom of Information Bill. Screen cap from the music video

FOI by 2016? We will surprise senators, House says

Sep 30, 2013 - 6:07 PM

The House Speaker is in favor of the concept of right of reply – which media practitioners have opposed – but says it should be proposed as a separate bill

Poe sponsors FOI bill: Don't wait for another Napoles scam

Sep 24, 2013 - 6:26 PM

The passage of the Freedom of Information Act will bring about a new era of openness and transparency unprecedented in Philippine history

Senate panel OKs ‘FOI bill older than PH Internet’

Sep 18, 2013 - 2:12 PM

Journalists and bloggers discuss how to make the FOI bill feasible in the time of social media

‘Ridiculous for FOI not to pass under Aquino’

Sep 04, 2013 - 3:00 PM

Advocates and Aquino s own men say his concerns about the FOI bill – that matters of national security will be accessed – have already been addressed

Enrile bloc inclined to accept committees

Jul 26, 2013 - 2:34 PM

Saying they are not sour graping minority senators are inclined to accept committee chairmanships

Poe willing to write PNoy to push for FOI

Jul 25, 2013 - 1:22 PM

Sen Grace Poe says she is open to asking President Aquino to certify the FOI bill urgent

IT'S DANGEROUS. Sen Grace Poe what is dangerous about the failure of the passage of the bill is if an administration that is not transparent takes over in 2016. Photo by Rappler/Ayee Macaraig

Escudero gets coveted education panel

Jul 23, 2013 - 5:32 PM

The Senate announces the first batch of committee chairmanships in the 16th Congress

Youth groups on SONA: Pass FOI bill

Jul 20, 2013 - 4:10 PM

Youth groups expect President Aquino to talk about the Freedom of Information bill in his SONA

‘Pork barrel scam shows need for FOI’

Jul 17, 2013 - 4:21 PM

24 groups under the Right to Know Right Now! Coalition file their version of the FOI bill in the Senate

THEIR INITIATIVE. The Right to Know, Right Now! Coalition files its own version of the Freedom of Information bill before the Senate, saying it will help avoid and expose controversies like the pork barrel scam. Photo by Rappler/Ayee Macaraig

Youth groups support 'People's FOI bill'

Jul 06, 2013 - 8:23 PM

Youth groups give their support to the Freedom of Information bill

FOI reaches House plenary. But is it too late?

Jan 28, 2013 - 7:29 PM

Session suspended immediately after the FOI bill was sponsored

FOI in 2013? Palace still on wait-see mode

Dec 29, 2012 - 6:51 PM

Malacañang says it wants debates on the FOI bill to move in Congress before acting on the measure

FOI bill need not be certified urgent - Belmonte

Dec 18, 2012 - 2:59 PM

The FOI bill may be voted on second reading by January 2013 after Congress goes on a one month break starting December 22

With no objection, Senate OKs FOI on 2nd reading

Dec 11, 2012 - 8:43 PM

The Senate passes the POGI bill on second reading with no objection

Finally, FOI moves to House plenary

Dec 11, 2012 - 5:38 PM

The Freedom of Information Act will now move to the plenary after the House committee on public information approved its report on the bill Tuesday

RESURRECTED. Seventeen members of the House committee on public information voted to adopt the consolidated Freedom of Information Act. Photo by Angela Casauay

Rappler Newscast | December 3, 2012

Dec 03, 2012 - 9:00 PM

Typhoon Pablo maintains its strength as it heads toward Surigao and Davao | President Aquino wants Lower House to vote on the RH bill | FOI bill supporters urge President Aquino to certify the bill as urgent

Aquino urged to certify FOI bill as urgent

Dec 02, 2012 - 1:25 PM

But it s an unlikely move for President Aquino who did not include the bill in his priority list