FYI, There’s No FOI

President Benigno Aquino III did not mention the Freedom of Information (FOI) bill in his annual report despite a campaign promise to support the measure.

Aquino was silent on the bill during his 90-minute Report Sa Boss on Monday, July 23, at the Batasan Pambansa.

The FOI bill seeks to give flesh to the Constitutional provisions recognizing Filipinos’ right to information on matters of public concern, and the state’s duty to disclose this information.

The measure has been languishing in Congress for more than a decade. After assuming office, Aquino has expressed misgivings about the FOI bill, saying it may be misused.

Quite a number of what was mentioned were merely promises that they would still need to fulfill before Aquino’s presidency ends. I was expecting more of concrete accomplishments that can be easily verifiable for us to check the veracity of his statements.