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FOI website data leak? Privacy commission investigating

Mar 22, 2019 - 7:51 PM

The government and the National Privacy Commission are looking into the issue of identification documents seemingly getting indexed on search engines

Panelo says 'simple' to get drug war reports via FOI. It's not.

Aug 30, 2018 - 4:39 PM

(UPDATED) Even the Supreme Court could not automatically get the drug war documents. Solicitor General Jose Calida said it is a risk to national security.

DRUG WAR REPORTS. Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo says it is "simple" to obtain drug war reports through the Freedom of Information (FOI). Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

PDEA restricts Rappler coverage access after story on P6.8-B shabu

Aug 18, 2018 - 6:51 AM

Rappler condemns in the strongest terms the attempt of PDEA spokesman Derrick Carreon to cut Rappler reporter Rambo Talabong out of the agency's official media advisory and coordination channel

[OPINION] Fake news from an international perspective

Feb 03, 2018 - 7:02 PM

Lessons can be learned from the international community in order to properly address the issue of fake news in the Philippines

PCOO to review FOI exception list for 2018

Dec 06, 2017 - 8:15 AM

Presidential Communications Operations Office celebrates the first year of implementation of the Freedom of Executive Order and looks into reviewing the list of exceptions to data that can be requested come 2018

FOI SUMMIT. The Presidential Communications Operations Office held the first Freedom of Information Summit on December 5, 2017. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

On FOI EO anniv, Duterte calls on Congress, courts to be more transparent

Dec 04, 2017 - 1:29 PM

The PCOO says it's still pushing for the passage of the FOI law, though the law is not among the priority measures identified by President Rodrigo Duterte

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the Anti-Corruption Summit 2017: 'Breaking Chains of Corruption 2017' at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City on November 28, 2017, cites how the Constitution has allowed corrupt individuals to escape accountability. RUJI ABAT/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Pushing for transparency, keeping public officials in check

Nov 03, 2017 - 4:50 PM

It's important to keep an eye on what public officials are up to. Along the way, we also test the government's commitment towards transparency.

Solano, SALN, China | Evening wRap

Sep 26, 2017 - 8:41 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Chay Hofileña

Citizen advocates raise issues in FOI rollout

Sep 24, 2017 - 8:50 AM

The Right to Know Right Now Coalition also reiterates its call for the passage of a Freedom of Information Law

FOI PRACTICE. The Right to Know Right Now Coalition presents its findings on the implementation of the executive order on the FOI on Friday, September 22, in Quezon City. Photo by Michael Bueza/Rappler

Redactions in Duterte Cabinet's latest SALNs 'deal-breaker' for FOI – PCIJ

Sep 22, 2017 - 7:43 PM

PCIJ reports that significant details were blacked out in the copies of the December 2016 SALNs of Duterte Cabinet officials

REDACTED. The PCIJ reports that significant redactions were made on the SALNs of Cabinet officials filed in December 2016. Photo by Michael Bueza/Rappler

Gov't agencies told: Upload FOI manuals by October 1

Aug 31, 2017 - 12:37 PM

The PCOO says agencies should comply before the start of the validation process on their eligibility to the performance based bonus

NPC reminds media: Balance freedom of press, right to privacy

Aug 29, 2017 - 7:30 PM

The National Privacy Commission also says data privacy should not be used as a shield against valid freedom of information requests

DATA PRIVACY. NPC Deputy Commissioner Ivy Patdu talks about media and privacy at its DPO6 assembly of data protection officers in Pasay City on August 29, 2017. Michael Bueza/Rappler

Can House pass an FOI bill requiring SALN uploads?

Aug 29, 2017 - 4:11 PM

The measure has been pending before the committee on appropriations since February 2017

FOI LAW? Can the 17th Congress pass the long-awaited FOI law? File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Duterte's foreign trips cost thrice more than predecessors'

Jun 17, 2017 - 3:24 PM

EXCLUSIVE: The government spends at least P386 2 million 7 72 million on foreign trips during Duterte s first year in power In one trip expenses shoot up to P31 8 million 636 000 a day

President Rodrigo Duterte is joined Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Eduardo Año and Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence Go as he arrives at the Franciso Bangoy International Airport in Davao City prior to his departure for a series of state visits to three countries in the Middle East including the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Qatar which kicked off on April 10, 2017. Malacañang Photo

PCOO echoes call for Congress to pass FOI law

Jun 15, 2017 - 8:01 PM

UPDATED A law is needed to implement the freedom of information program across all branches of government says the PCOO

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION. National Statistician Dr. Lisa Grace Bersales (2nd from right) shares FOI best practices in the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) during the #FOIKnowMore event of the PCOO on June 15, 2017. Michael Bueza/Rappler

Group files complaint vs LTO execs using Duterte’s FOI order

Apr 03, 2017 - 7:17 PM

The Anti Trapo Movement files a complaint against LTO chief Edgar Galvante and bids and awards committee chair Romeo Vera Cruz for not releasing documents on the bidding for the production of drivers license cards

INVOKING FOI. Anti Trapo Movement Founder Leon Peralta (right) files a complaint before the Office of the Ombudsman on April 3, 2017 against LTO officials invoking Duterte's FOI policy in the executive branch. Photo by Rappler

How serious is the Duterte administration about FOI?

Mar 19, 2017 - 1:00 PM

Among the agencies participating in the eFOI program one agency stands out for being unresponsive to data requests – the Philippine National Police

Gov't officials, groups urge passage of FOI law

Mar 17, 2017 - 6:52 PM

ACT Teachers Representative Antonio Tinio warns against complacency in the passage of the freedom of information law

FOI FORUM. The Right to Know, Right Now! coalition organized a forum to present their report on tracking the implementation of the freedom of information executive order in Quezon City Friday, March 17. Photo by the PCIJ

#UPFair2017 Thursday: Elements

Feb 16, 2017 - 5:28 PM

Drop by the MovePH booth at the UP sunken garden on Thursday February 16 for a fun and equally engaging Elements: UP Fair Thursday

House panel approves FOI bill with 8 exceptions

Feb 15, 2017 - 4:10 PM

House public information committee chairperson Antonio Tinio says the FOI bill aims to flesh out the policy of full public disclosure in the country

APPROVED. The House committee on public information chaired by ACT Teachers Representative Antonio Tinio (1st from right) approves the FOI bill. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Lopez defends ex-DENR exec Leo Jasareno: 'He's really clean'

Feb 09, 2017 - 4:27 PM

I still make all the decisions; he just gives me technical feedback And at every step of the way he s been breathtakingly honest Environment Secretary Gina Lopez says of her former undersecretary who headed the mining audit

TRUST. Environment Secretary Gina Lopez speaks during a press briefing in Malacañang on February 9, 2017. Malacañang photo

Mining firms use FOI, ask DENR for specific audit findings

Feb 08, 2017 - 5:30 PM

The Chamber of Mines of the Philippines is seeking complete details of the audit conducted by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources so companies can defend themselves

TAKING ACTION. Heads of the mining industry detail the economic fallout that would result in the closure or suspension of 28 mining firms as well as the legal avenues available to them following a meeting held by the Chamber of Mines in the Philippines (COMP) held on February 7 in PAsig. (from left: COMP chairman Artemio Disini, former DENR director Mines and Geosciences Horace Ramos and President of the Philippine Nickel Industry Association Carlo Pimentel. Photo by Chris Schnabel/Rappler

Calabarzon elementary students dominate #NSPC2017

Jan 25, 2017 - 8:35 PM

Let us use our abilities to start change now and strengthen freedom of information through campus journalism DepEd Assistant Secretary Tonicito Umali urges NSPC winners

CAMPUS JOURNALISTS. The National School's Press Conference (NSPC) is the biggest annual contest for campus journalists in the Philippines organized annually by the DepEd. Photo by Shanne Almazan/ Rappler

Senator Bam Aquino calls on public to fight misinformation online

Dec 09, 2016 - 8:51 AM

Senator Aquino also cautioned against the spread of fake news on a large scale at a forum organized by the Asia Society and INCITEGov

KEYNOTE. Senator Bam Aquino says government needs to be more open in sharing information to the public. Photo by Patricia Coronel/Asia Society

Private media not allowed at FOI portal, manual launch

Nov 25, 2016 - 7:29 PM

Malacañang prohibits private media from covering an event meant to signify the Duterte administration s commitment to the free flow of information

FOI LAUNCH. Only government media are allowed to cover the launch of the eFOI portal and presentation of FOI manuals. Screenshot from RTVM

Duterte gov't launches FOI online portal, manuals

Nov 25, 2016 - 6:25 PM

The online portal is launched on the day President Duterte s Freedom of Information executive order takes effect

RIGHT TO KNOW. Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno, PCOO Secretary Martin Andanar, and Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea attend the launch of the eFOI portal and FOI manuals. Screenshot from RTVM

FOI to take effect on Nov 25: What you need to know

Nov 23, 2016 - 8:14 PM

Interested citizens can request for official records by going straight to agencies or by visiting the eFOI portal at foi gov ph

EXCEPTIONS. PCOO Assistant Secretary Kris Ablan explains to the participants of the Open Data Workshop the list of exceptions to be adopted for the FOI executive order on November 23, 2016 at the Rappler HQ. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Palace: Gov't agencies ready to take FOI requests on November 25

Nov 09, 2016 - 6:13 PM

Agencies under the executive branch hold workshops to prepare for citizens requests for information under Executive Order No 2

ACCESS TO INFORMATION. President Duterte signs the Freedom of Information Executive Order in early July 2016. Photo from Presidential Photographers Division

After 2 hearings, FOI bill now up for Senate debate

Oct 19, 2016 - 4:07 PM

The bill which covers all branches of government seeks to mandate the disclosure of public documents on government websites

Photo from Office of Senator Poe

Malacañang eyes online portal to process FOI requests

Oct 11, 2016 - 5:50 PM

The Presidential Communications Office will also train agencies to prepare them for the full implementation of the executive order on Freedom of Information

E-FOI. Malacañang is eyeing an online platform where requests for FOI will be lodged in and processed.

Poe urges Palace to reconsider 'restrictive rules' in FOI order

Aug 29, 2016 - 8:04 PM

Senator Grace Poe chair of the Senate committee on public information questions the guidelines on SALNs and congressional fund releases

RESTRICTIVE RULES. Senator Grace Poe, chair of the committee on public information, urges Malacañang to reconsider 'restrictive rules' included in the exceptions to the Freedom of Informatino order signed by President Rodrigo Duterte. Photo by Senate PRIB

Draft FOI manual includes list of 166 exceptions

Aug 28, 2016 - 5:40 PM

The draft of the manual for Freedom of Information FOI includes exceptions ranging from information related to national security matters to criminal investigations

Congress can pass FOI in 2016 – House committee chair

Aug 17, 2016 - 6:36 PM

ACT Teachers Representative Antonio Tinio says President Rodrigo Duterte s EO on full public disclosure for the executive branch has set the tone for the FOI bill s passage

TIME TO PASS FOI. House Committee on Public Information Antonio Tinio says the 17th Congress can pass the FOI bill into law within 2016. File photo by Rappler

Freedom of Information law: will it pass under Duterte?

Aug 03, 2016 - 5:06 PM

With President Rodrigo Duterte’s signing of the historic executive order on FOI some groups are optimistic the measure will hurdle decades long obstacles in Congress But will it?

FOI LAW. Can President Rodrigo Duterte rally his allies in Congress to pass the Freedom of Information bill into law?

The pet bills of President Duterte

Aug 01, 2016 - 10:00 AM

Duterte did not mention in his first SONA two bills that his top allies in the 17th Congress declared they would prioritize: the reimposition of the death penalty and the lowering to 15 years the minimum age of criminal responsibility

President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his State of the Nation Address, as Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez listen. Photo by Francis R. Malasig/EPA

Freedom of information: What's lacking in Duterte's EO?

Jul 26, 2016 - 5:17 PM

Senator Grace Poe sponsor of the FOI bill that the Senate passed in the 16th Congress says the President executive order covers only the executive branch

President Rodrigo R. Duterte urges government offices to fast track the processing of permits and licenses during his first State of the Nation Address at the Batasang Pambansa in Quezon City on Monday, July 25, 2016. ACE MORANDANTE/PPD

What bills have been refiled in the 17th Congress?

Jul 26, 2016 - 3:32 PM

Lawmakers in the 17th Congress refile bills that languished in the past including measures pushing for freedom of information ending political dynasties and increasing the pension for SSS members

LEGISLATIVE AGENDA. Senate President Koko Pimentel and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez listens to President Rodrigo Duterte as he delivers his first State of the Nation Address on July 25. Photo by Francis R. Malasig/EPA

Groups laud FOI order, call for passage of full law

Jul 24, 2016 - 3:37 PM

Although the recent signing of the Executive Order on Freedom of Information is a huge development advocates and groups still call for the passage of the full FOI law in the Congress

After Duterte EO, lawmakers call to pass FOI law in Congress

Jul 24, 2016 - 2:40 PM

Following Duterte s issuance of the Executive Order on FOI several lawmakers push for the passage of a similar law to cover all branches of government

PUSHED. After President Rodrigo Duterte's issuance of an executive order on full public disclosure in government's executive branch, what fate lies for freedom of information in the 17th Congress?

Duterte signs order on Freedom of Information

Jul 24, 2016 - 10:11 AM

4th UPDATE President Rodrigo Duterte signs an executive order mandating full public disclosure of all offices under the executive branch

President Rodrigo Duterte during a press conference in Malacanang Palace, June 2016. Malacanang photo/File

Alvarez to PDP-Laban lawmakers: Bring back trust in Congress

Jul 22, 2016 - 8:02 PM

In the Pulse Asia survey released on April 4 the House of Representatives registered the lowest approval rating top government institutions

THE SPEAKER AND SENATE PRESIDENT. Presumptive House Speaker Bebot Alvarez and incoming Senate President Koko Pimentel, PDP-Laban stalwarts, are expected to take the reins at the 17th Congress. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Death penalty, PH vs China, ISIS territory | 12PM wRap

Jul 11, 2016 - 12:00 PM

Watch Rappler’s 12PM newscast with Zak Yuson

Palace: It will be a 'very, very historic week' for the PH

Jul 10, 2016 - 5:15 PM

Palace Communications Secretary Martin Andanar says the week of July 10 will be very historic as the country awaits landmark announcements from The Hague and the Office of the President

HISTORIC WEEK. Palace Communications Secretary Martin Andanar says the week of July 10 will be a 'historic' one for the country.

Duterte reviewing Freedom of Information EO

Jul 07, 2016 - 10:04 PM

The president wants the executive order to be implemented by the week of July 11

FOI SUPPORTER. President Rodrig Duterte receives a draft of the Freedom of Information Executive Order on July 7, 2016. Photo by King Rodriguez/Presidential Photographers Divison

Gov’t on social media: What to avoid

Jul 06, 2016 - 9:00 AM

[Social media] serve as the megaphone of government agencies and the sumbungan of citizens says UP Professor Clarissa David

ONLINE. With millions of Filipinos online, various government offices have also set up their pages on Facebook and Twitter.

FOI, Con-Con, Baghdad | 12PM wRap

Jul 04, 2016 - 12:12 PM

Watch Rappler’s 12PM newscast with Maria Ressa

Executive Order on FOI out soon – Palace

Jul 03, 2016 - 3:07 PM

Communications Secretary Martin Andanar says they are now rushing the EO so that they can have it released this week or next week

What happened to FOI under Aquino?

Jun 12, 2016 - 3:30 PM

The passage of the Freedom of Information bill is like a missing puzzle piece in the Aquino administration’s fight against corruption

Drilon to next Senate: Protect reforms from 'force, personalities'

Jun 06, 2016 - 7:19 PM

Now more than ever we need to safeguard the reforms we have painstakingly put in place so that neither force nor personalities can reverse them says the Senate President

Photo by Cesar Tomambo/Senate PRIB

Pro-FOI groups laud Duterte's plan to issue EO on pending bill

May 23, 2016 - 12:30 PM

The Right to Know Right Now Coalition says an executive order on the FOI bill will be a strong confidence building measure for the Duterte administration

THE PRESIDENT-ELECT. Advocates of the FOI Act welcome president-elect Rodrigo Duterte's plan to finally pass the bill into law. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler