Senate Minority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano commended on Thursday President Benigno S. Aquino III for giving the green light to the proposed Malacanang version of the Freedom of Information (FOI) bill.
”This is a positive step for the Aquino government. The quest for transparency and accountability will never be complete without an FOI bill in effect. So it is my fervent hope that the debate on the Freedom of Information bill will result in a law that will enhance transparency and accountability governance,” Cayetano said.
Cayetano expressed optimism for the approval of the FOI bill in the Senate, asking colleagues to support its passage.
”I, therefore, call on my colleagues in Congress not only to see to the early passage of the FOI bill but to be vigilant to see to it that the bill is not diluted and its original purpose not changed,” he said.
Despite the upcoming impeachment trial and the unfinished debates on equally-important Reproductive Health bill, Cayetano is hoping that the FOI bill will be approved during the 15th Congress.
”I hope that by the end of the 15th Congress, we can proudly present to the world our country’s version of the FOI law that will attest to our government’s commitment to demand transparency and accountability from accountable public officials,” Cayetano said.
Senator Ramon Revilla Jr. refiled the FOI bill or Senate Bill No. 25, known as the Freedom of Information Act of 2010, at the commencement of the 15th Congress in July last year.