Belmonte willing to be executed if FOI bill not passed

by Jenny Reyes, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 11 2014 07:20 PM | Updated as of Mar 12 2014 03:20 AM

MANILA - House Speaker Feliciano "Sonny" Belmonte Jr. stands by his promise that they will be able to pass the freedom of information (FOI) bill before their term ends.

The speaker went as far as saying he is willing to be executed if the 16th Congress ends without passing the FOI bill.

Belmonte said the Senate version, which was passed on third and final reading on Monday, will be a good reference point for the House committee on public information.

The House technical working group is stuck with consolidating versions of the bill and has yet to forward it to the mother committee.