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President Benigno Aquino III made a public commitment to have the much demanded Freedom of Information Bill pass before the end of his term in 2016. Aquino made the promise at the Daylight Dialogue in Malacanang on Tuesday, July 15 before members of the government and private sector. “I regret I cannot certify it as urgent because the Constitution requires an emergency,” said the President, “but the assurance I think should be given, at this point in time, that it will be passed before the end of my term.” The President made the statement in response to a question from Makati Business Club Chairman Ramon del Rosario. If passed, the FOI law would require government agencies to release information requested by the public. The bill remains at the committee level in the House of Representatives.
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