We are inviting everyone to participate in the committee meeting of the Commission on Appointments on Wednesday, 14 September 2011, 10:00am at the Sen. Ambrosio Padilla Room, 2F, Senate of the Philippines, GSIS Bldg., Roxas Blvd., Pasay City on deliberate the ad interimappointment of Atty. Sixto S. Brillantes, Jr. as Chairman, Commission on Elections.
Kung talagang gusto, hahanap ng paraan.
Kung talagang ayaw, hahanap ng dahilan.
This is exactly where President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III stands on the proposed Freedom of Information bill, which seeks only to enforce a constitutionally guaranteed right of the people to know and secure documents in the custody of government agencies.
The President says he supports the bill in principle, but that he has “specific questions and concerns” that he wants to be settled, before he endorses it as his priority legislation. His concerns, the President says, include his fears that FOI could unlock documents that might expose people to kidnappers, cause government losses in right-of-way cases because of property price speculations, and many other unwanted results.
Yet over the last 14 months in office, he has failed to answer and settle these concerns, and for as long a period, the FOI bill has languished in limbo.
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