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How serious is the Duterte administration about FOI?

Mar 19, 2017 - 1:00 PM

Among the agencies participating in the eFOI program one agency stands out for being unresponsive to data requests – the Philippine National Police

FOI to take effect on Nov 25: What you need to know

Nov 23, 2016 - 8:14 PM

Interested citizens can request for official records by going straight to agencies or by visiting the eFOI portal at foi gov ph

EXCEPTIONS. PCOO Assistant Secretary Kris Ablan explains to the participants of the Open Data Workshop the list of exceptions to be adopted for the FOI executive order on November 23, 2016 at the Rappler HQ. Photo by Aika Rey/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

What happened to FOI under Aquino?

Jun 12, 2016 - 3:30 PM

The passage of the Freedom of Information bill is like a missing puzzle piece in the Aquino administration’s fight against corruption

RH advocates endorse Robredo for VP, 3 senatorial bets

Mar 15, 2016 - 1:55 PM

The Purple Ribbon for RH Movement deems Senator Tito Sotto and Sarangani Representative Manny Pacquiao as unworthy of the people s vote

PURPLE VOTE. Former health secretary Esperanza Cabral (2-R) leads the endorsement of senatorial candidates Risa Hontiveros (3-R), Walden Bello, and Leila de Lima, and vice presidential candidate Leni Robredo. Photo by Jee Geronimo/Rappler

Grace Poe to Filipino women: Be financially independent

Feb 18, 2016 - 2:55 PM

At a GoNegosyo summit the presidential bet says there is a need to empower Filipinas especially mothers who juggle their responsibilities at home and work

EMPOWERING WOMEN. Presidential candidate Grace Poe pushes for TESDA women's centers nationwide to offer vocational courses that will qualify women for job requirements in their respective regions. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/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

UPLB students to Binay: Fulfill promises, or we oust you as president

Sep 16, 2015 - 5:13 PM

Jejomar Binay promise before students to support agrarian reform end labor contractualization lessen the number of OFWs amend the FOI bill and probe human rights violations

TAAS KAMAO. UPLB students expect Vice President Jejomar Binay to fulfill the promises he made during the forum on September 15. File photo by Rappler

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

Jul 29, 2015 - 12:25 PM

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Poe to Aquino: What about FOI, MRT, agri?

Jul 27, 2015 - 1:15 PM

Poe urges Aquino to use his final year in office to push for the passage of the Freedom of Information bill fix the notorious MRT system and improve agriculture

AT THE SENATE OPENING. Senator Grace Poe and Bongbong Marcos prior to the formal opening of the Senate session, July 27, 2015. Photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler  Photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

No right of reply in consolidated FOI bill

Dec 02, 2014 - 5:22 PM

Most politicians who push for the right of reply are afraid that the proposed bill will be used against them by the media according to the bill s authors

Freedom of Information bill moves to House plenary

Nov 24, 2014 - 3:47 PM

The House committee on public information votes 10 3 to approve the proposed Freedom of Information Act; The bill now moves to the plenary for deliberations

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.

Aquino on FOI bill passage: Look at Congress not me

Aug 28, 2014 - 12:12 PM

President Benigno Aquino III reiterates he cannot certify the bill as urgent since there is no emergency situation requiring its immediate passage

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

Aquino Cabinet meets with supporters on day of anti-pork rally

Aug 25, 2014 - 6:07 PM

The Cabinet members say reforms will continue and key bills will be passed into law

AQUINO SUPPORT. Cabinet allies appear at launch of Kompre, which supports the reforms of Aquino's administration. Photo by Rappler

Passage of FOI bill 'just around the corner'

Aug 04, 2014 - 5:02 PM

But the committee has yet to produce a consolidated version of all FOI bills filed in the House of Representatives

Palace: 'Spirit of FOI' already in effect

Aug 03, 2014 - 4:10 PM

Malacanang also dispels speculations the FOI bill ranks 18th in the list of priority bills

NO MORE DELAYS. The Right to Know, Right Now! Coalition launches an online signature campaign for the immediate passage of the Freedom of Information Bill (FOI) on May 14, 2014 at Balay Kalinaw, UP Diliman. Photo by Mark Salvador/Rappler

Cayetano to Aquino: Ask SC to clarify ruling

Aug 01, 2014 - 3:04 PM

Senator Alan Peter Cayetano says instead of urging Congress to pass a joint resolution the administration should ask the Court to clarify its ruling on savings

CLARIFICATORY MOTION. Senator Alan Peter Cayetano urges the administration to file a motion asking the Supreme Court to clarify the application of its ruling on savings. Photo by Ayee Macaraig/Rappler

Why was the President quiet on FOI?

Jul 31, 2014 - 11:26 PM

While the President himself emphasizes the importance of building people s trust in government he doesn t seem to fully appreciate the role played by free access to information in building public trust

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

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

HIGHLIGHTS: FNF-Rappler Forum on the State of the Freedom of Information Bill

Jul 21, 2014 - 8:12 AM

Rappler presented findings from a research on freedom of information laws in 15 countries in a forum co organized with the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom

Aquino: FOI bill to pass under my term

Jul 15, 2014 - 9:20 PM

Aquino assures the public that although he will not certify the FOI as urgent the bill will pass before the end of his term

ASSURANCE. President Benigno Aquino III at the Daylight Dialogue in Malacañang. Malacañang photo bureau

'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

Youth congress for freedom of information bill

Jun 26, 2014 - 5:10 PM

The FOI Youth Initiative calls for the immediate passage of the Freedom of Information Bill

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

Groups launch signature campaign for FOI law

May 14, 2014 - 2:47 PM

Passing FOI will help resurrect the image of Congress a lawmaker says

NO MORE DELAYS. The Right to Know, Right Now! Coalition launches an online signature campaign for the immediate passage of the Freedom of Information Bill (FOI) on May 14, 2014 at Balay Kalinaw, UP Diliman. Photo by Mark Salvador/Rappler

Sonny Angara: From textbooks to tax books

May 13, 2014 - 1:00 AM

Angara as senator remains reserved and thinks systems and processes over sound bites

'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

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

Palace: Aquino wants FOI bill passed before term ends

Mar 11, 2014 - 4:55 PM

Speaker Feliciano Belmonte also says he will make good on his promise for the House to pass the FOI bill before 2016 – or you can hang me

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

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

'Almonte biggest hurdle to passage of FOI right now'

Jan 20, 2014 - 6:59 PM

The Misamis Occidental congressman who chairs the House committee on public information has yet to convene the technical working group for a final bill

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

Opposition solons: What triggered PNoy's speech?

Oct 30, 2013 - 10:03 PM

Lawmakers react to President Benigno Aquino III s surprise speech on national TV to defend a controversial government spending program

'FOCUS.' President Benigno Aquino III addresses the public on Wednesday, October 29. Malacanang photo

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

Senate to give P6M for quake victims

Oct 16, 2013 - 7:57 PM

Only aid for quake victims not Napoles and PDAF abolition was discussed in the Senate caucus

Senate determined to abolish PDAF - Drilon

Oct 12, 2013 - 4:26 PM

Sen Franklin Drilon reacts to Justice Antonio Carpio s opinion that the PDAF can only be abolished if Congress passes a law to amend it or if the Supreme Court declares it unconstitutional

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

Lower house sets first FOI bill hearing

Sep 28, 2013 - 3:29 PM

After the Senate passes its version of the pro transparency law the House panel sets its first hearing on the bill

PROGRESS. With the first Lower House hearing on the Freedom of Information bill scheduled, supporters of the bill may see progress at last

The Constitution and the pork barrel scam

Sep 19, 2013 - 2:03 PM

'The proper functioning of the constitutional bodies makes for a truly functioning democracy'

BEYOND EXPRESSION. Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno says citizens can exercise their right to information to request for audits of public funds and file complaints against erring officials. File photo

Sereno on 'pork' scam: Right to info empowers citizens

Sep 19, 2013 - 12:11 PM

The Constitution empowers the people by allowing citizens to access information says the Chief Justice

BEYOND EXPRESSION. Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno says citizens can exercise their right to information to request for audits of public funds and file complaints against erring officials. File photo

FOI passes Senate Committee

Sep 18, 2013 - 10:20 PM

The Freedom of Information bill which would make public information accessible passes the Senate committee level

'CAN'T REGULATE INTERNET.' Sen Grace Poe, chairperson of the committee on public information, says, "You can't regulate the Internet. It's like regulating the solar system." Photo by Senate PRIB/Joseph Vidal