Press Release
January 5, 2012

Senate Minority Leader Alan Peter S. Cayetano
Statement on President Aquino approving Palace version of 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 (FOI) bill will result in a law that will enhance transparency and accountability governance.

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.

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.

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