Senators pass Freedom of Information bill

Voting 17-0, the Senate approved the Freedom of Information bill on 3rd and final reading on December 17. The Senate version of the FOI bill is formally called the People’s Ownership of Government Information (POGI) Act of 2012, which aims to institute transparency and accountability by giving the public access to government records and information, and recognizing the people’s right to know. Their counterparts in the House of Representatives, however, have only approved the counterpart bill on 1st reading last week and plan to continue the debates next year.

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