FOI Advocates Light Up for FOI, Demand Action by House of Representatives
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Posted in Freedom of Information, Statements on 27 September 2013
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STATEMENT OF THE RIGHT TO KNOW, RIGHT NOW! COALITION

WE ARE members of the Right to Know. Right Now! Coalition, a network of more than 150 organizations from various sectors that have long been campaigning for the passage of a Freedom of Information (FOI) Act. Together with concerned groups and individuals, we are lighting candles in the early evening today, September 27, at the gates of the House of Representatives, to symbolize our desire to have a government where information is illuminated and made accessible to all citizens. We are joined by other groups in simultaneous action in different localities, and by those who express solidarity and common call through social media using the hashtag #LightUp4FOI.

Senate committee approves FOI bill
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Posted in Freedom of Information, Press Freedom on 20 September 2013
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The Senate Committee on Public Information and Mass Media has approved the Freedom of Information (FOI) bill and will submit its report next week, said committee chairperson Senator Grace Poe.

In the second and final hearing on the measure last September 18, Poe said she will sponsor the bill for plenary debates on September 25. She expressed confidence that it will be passed by the chamber within the year.

Human rights, press freedom, and the FOI bill
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Posted in In Medias Res on 9 September 2013
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By Luis V. Teodoro

THE FREEDOM of Information bill filed by the Right to Know. Right Now! (R2KRN) Coalition is likely to pass the Senate, if experience during the 14th and 15th Congress is any gauge. The version filed by then Congressman Lorenzo “Erin” Tañada III passed the Senate in both Congresses with hardly any amendments. But it failed to pass the House of Representatives in 2010 and early 2013.

FOI will be passed in the 16th Congress, says Poe
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Posted in Freedom of Information on 6 September 2013
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Senator Grace Poe, chairperson of the Senate Committee on Public Information and Mass Media, is confident that the Freedom of Information (FOI) bill will be passed in the 16th Congress.

During the Senate hearing last September 4, the first under the 16th Congress, Poe said that the bill is long overdue and that public clamor for its passage had reached its tipping point during the Million People March last August 26.

“The long term or strategic solution to the corruption problem is by making government records and transactions available to the general public,” said Poe.

Representatives from different sectors also expressed their support and presented their recommendations on the FOI bill.

R2KRN: FOI advocates joining Luneta indignation on budget scam
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Posted in Freedom of Information, Press Freedom, Statements on 24 August 2013
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CMFR is a member of the Right to Know. Right Now! Coalition (R2KRN)—a network of about 160 organizations and individuals from various social sectors and civil society groups, which have long been campaigning for the passage of a Freedom of Information (FOI) Act.

The Right to Know. Right Now! Coalition heeds the spontaneous call for a people’s march to Luneta on August 26. We join the people in expressing collective indignation over the large-scale budget scam reported by various media outfits and by the Commission on Audit (COA), and currently under investigation by the Department of Justice (DOJ).

Our dream, our right
Pass the People’s FOI Act now!

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Posted in Freedom of Information, Statements on 24 June 2013
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Right to Know. Right Now! Coalition statement.



Center for Media Freedom & Responsibility