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Palace urges advocates to pressure Congress on FOI


A little urge by advocates to the Congress may hasten the passage of the Freedom of Information (FOI), Malacañang said on Sunday.

Even with the complex process of the FOI’s passage can be seen as a roadblock, Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said FOI supporters need to push the Congress to pass the measure.

“The passage of the bill can be fast-tracked. It also depends on the enthusiasm of those advocating it, especially the way stakeholder groups pressure their lawmakers,” Coloma said.

The FOI bill seeks to promote transparency and curb corruption through public access to government records and transactions.

The measure was not mentioned during Aquino’s fifth State of the Nation Address but is included in Malacañang’s priority bills.

“There are different variables involved and that should be understood by those pushing for the bill and the public,” he said.

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