FOI bill sponsorship delayed again due to quorum

By Jay Ruiz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 24 2013 12:24 AM | Updated as of Jan 24 2013 08:24 AM

MANILA - Failing to muster a quorum, the House of Representatives again failed to tackle the Freedom of Information (FOI) bill that was supposed to be sponsored by its main proponents on Wednesday.

Before the adjournment, lawmakers were still able to pass several bills, but when it was time for the FOI bill to be tackled, Rep. Marc Douglas Cagas of Davao del Sur again threatened to question the quorum.

Again, the main proponents of the FOI bill were dismayed and disappointed by the delay.

Representatives Walden Bello and Teddy Baguilat said they hope to muster a quorum next week.

Eastern Samar Representative and House committee on public information chairman Ben Evardone on Wednesday told dzMM one of the reasons why the FOI bill has yet to be passed is because some lawmakers fear it may be abused.

Evardone said that while most of the congressmen seem to be in favor of the FOI bill, some lawmakers have expressed concerns that information obtained via an FOI Act could be used against them.

"In general, okay sila. Meron lang silang mga pangamba dun sa posibleng abusuhuin nito lalo na't ngayong papasok na ang campaign period. Baka 'yung mga katunggali nila gamitin ito laban sa kanila." he said.

"'Yung fear ng mga kasamahan natin, ng ibang sektor na talagang abusihin ito. Palagay ko 'yun po 'yan," he added.