FOI bill still stuck in lower House

by Jenny Reyes, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 10 2014 07:12 PM | Updated as of Mar 11 2014 03:12 AM

MANILA – While the Senate has already passed the freedom of information (FOI) bill on third and final reading, the House of Representatives is still stuck consolidating 24 versions of the bill.

Of the 27 sections of the bill, only seven sections have so far been tackled.

House Committee on Public Information chairman Jorge Almonte said a technical working group has to go through the tedious process of reconciling the different versions of the bill.

Today is the last meeting of the technical working group before members go on a 2-month break.

Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Isagani Zarate said the slow pace is proof of how low it is in the administration's list of priority bills. If it is indeed a priority as claimed by administration allies, Zarate said the House leadership should issue marching orders to the public information committee to expedite the proceedings.

This is not the first time that the FOI bill has hit a snag at the lower House.