My
stand

I am

having a Freedom of Information Law.
The Senate has passed its version but the bill—which seeks to make government transactions and data accessible to the public—was effectively "killed" in the House of Representatives before the 2013 election break. President Aquino has said that he supports the bill, but failed to include it in his priority legislative agenda for the past three years.

  • SAMSON ALCANTARA

     FOR 
    That should be passed because if we want, really, to minimize or stamp out corruption, this is the way, because now the citizens can really access the expenditures that have been taken by this local government [or] national government official. This will force them. They cannot hide because of the Freedom of Information [law]... And it’s already constitutional mandate ---- the freedom of information, the right to know. That is part of our political rights.
  • SONNY ANGARA

     FOR 
  • BAM AQUINO

     FOR 
  • GRECO BELGICA

     FOR 
    Dapat ho ipasa. At kahit hindi naipasa, dapat po ang [mga nasa] pamahalaan, incumbent na sa kanila ‘yon, that they should be honest and their standards should be higher than those who are not in elected positions.
  • NANCY BINAY

     FOR 
  • TEDDY CASIÑO

     FOR 
    We withdrew our authorship from the substitute bill dahil may mga provisions doon na pinasok ang Malacañang that tend to restrict instead of expand access to information. Sana pumayag ang Kongreso sa mga amendments na gagawin namin para matiyak that the FOI Bill will really have teeth and will really serve its purpose.
  • ALAN PETER CAYETANO

     FOR 
    Kapag iyan naipasa, everyone can be a graft buster. Bawat citizen, may access na sa data na may kinalaman sila.
  • TINGTING COJUANGCO

     FOR 
    It’s good because we should know really what’s happening in the country. But then on matters of national security, we should keep [the information].
  • LITO DAVID

     FOR 
    Maraming nangyayari sa pamahalaan dahil marami tayong mga bagay na hindi alam. Kung meron tayong Freedom of Information Law, kahit sino pang maliit na mamamayan, pwede niyang itanong, saan niyo ba ginagastos 'tong pera namin?
  • JC DELOS REYES

     FOR 
    We are for it and we want it right away. If ever I'm elected, I'll make that number one in my agenda.
  • JV EJERCITO ESTRADA

     FOR 
    I am an author so I am obliged to support.
  • JACK ENRILE

     FOR 
    I have supported it from the beginning. I signed the petition that came out in broadsheets. It is up to the President to push for it.
  • CHIZ ESCUDERO

     FOR 
    Unanimous na binotohan 'yun dito sa Senado. Simple ang rason sa likod ng FOI, anumang bawal, masama o iligal, hindi mo gagawin kapag may ilaw at camera. Karamihan ng bawal at iligal, 'di ba ginagawa sa dilim? Layunin ng FOI lagyan ng ilaw, ilagay sa camera lahat ng gawain at transaksyonng pamahalaan para sana mabawasan o maiwasan ang mali, bawal, at iligal na gawain.
  • BAL FALCONE

     FOR 
    We are totally for it. As matter of fact we are faulting the President for certifying RH as urgent when the FOI is more important and needed by the country and ordinary Filipinos.
  • DICK GORDON

     FOR 
    Co-author ako niyan noong ako'y nasa Senado.
  • ED HAGEDORN

     FOR 
    It's very important at dapat nang maipasa.
  • GRINGO HONASAN

     FOR 
    Transparency, daang matuwid, convergence. We are bringing government back to the people. Kaya nga POGI bill kami dahil People's Ownership of Government Information, government including all the information with certain temporary exceptions, for the people, by the people, and of the people.
  • RISA HONTIVEROS

     FOR 
    Essential ang isang FOI law para sa transparency. This is the mother law that will ensure freedom of speech. Definitely, irerefile ko ito kung mabigyan ng pagkakataong maging senador.
  • LOREN LEGARDA

     FOR 
    I'm one of the authors.
  • MARWIL LLASOS

     FOR 
  • ERNIE MACEDA

     FOR 
    It should be passed.
  • JAMBY MADRIGAL

     NOT AVAILABLE 
  • MITOS MAGSAYSAY

     FOR 
  • JUN MAGSAYSAY

     FOR 
    Anything that has to do with public funds must be made public. Sana meron niyan para ma-lessen 'yung graft and corruption by transparency.
  • MON MONTAÑO

     FOR 
    If you have nothing to hide, why fight this bill?
  • RICARDO PENSON

     FOR 
    The right of reply should not be there. The law should allow public access to disbursement of public funds.
  • KOKO PIMENTEL

     FOR 
    Ang FOI palagi kong dine-describe parang hangin na dumaan sa Senado because ako, I cannot understand why the controversy or the objection to the FOI when the Philippine Constitution encourages transparency.
  • GRACE POE

     FOR 
    The absence of an FOI law makes it hard for the government to be transparent, [in which] the environment for corruption will still be present. [It also] undermines the ability of people to engage their government (e.g. making informed choices during elections, making critical statements about a policy)... An FOI law can be used by government to institutionalize a more systematic gathering, management, and utilization of all data in its offices.
  • CHRISTIAN SEÑERES

     FOR 
    Bigyan ng karapatan na silipin lahat ng pork barrel. Tingnan natin kung hindi mahiya ang mga pulitiko na gumawa ng kalokohan at magpayaman diyan.
  • ANTONIO TRILLANES IV

     FOR 
    I am the principal author of the Senate version and therefore, I am in favor of the bill. It is an instrument to promote transparency in government.
  • BRO. EDDIE VILLANUEVA

     FOR 
    Absolutely. We have been supporting the Freedom of Information Act.
  • CYNTHIA VILLAR

     FOR 
    It’s for transparency. In fact, napasa na 'yan sa Senado, may gulo lang sa Lower House.
  • MIGZ ZUBIRI

     FOR 
    I’m very much in favor of FOI dahil isa po ako sa mga principal author no’n sa 14th Congress. Ipinasa ko po ‘yung FOI sa Senado noong ako’y naging Majority Floor Leader. Pinakamalayo na po ito na narating ng FOI. It was ratified sa Senate after the bicameral conference committee. Kulang na lang ‘yung simpleng ratification sa Congress at batas na po siya. Napakasayang... Hindi ko nga maintindihan; nasa plataporma de gobyerno ng Pangulo ang FOI [noon], at nu’ng naging presidente siya at ‘yung mga kasama niya ay naging administrasyon, parang nagkaroon po ng 180-degree turn.
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