LOOK: Kabayan, Korina, Ted, Henry sign FOI campaign
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ABS-CBN News anchors and journalists have signed an online petition urging President Benigno Aquino and House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr. to focus on the enactment of a Freedom of Information (FOI) Law.
Noli de Castro, Korina Sanchez, Ted Failon, Karen Davila, Julius Babao, and Henry Omaga Diaz signed the petition on Change.org.
"Kasama po kami sa humihiling na isabatas na ang Freedom of Information Bill dahil sa lahat ng transaksyon at desisyon ng gobyerno, lahat tayo ay may pakialam," said "Failon Ngayon" on its Facebook page.
More than 11,700 people have signed the online campaign so far, as of Friday night.
"President Benigno Aquino III won on a platform of transparency and clean government. This gave us high hopes that the time for the realization of an FOI law has come. But with only a little more than two years remaining in the term of President Aquino, and with the Presidential elections just around the corner, the FOI Bill remains pending at the Committee level at the House of Representatives," the campaign organizers said.
"We need a law that will give life to the right of citizens to request and be given access to government information beyond what government chooses to disclose proactively. An FOI law responds to this by clarifying the scope of and exceptions to available information, by providing the definite procedure for requesting and being given access to information, and by imposing administrative or criminal liability for the violation of a citizen's right to information," they added.
"With time running out, we invite you to join us in expressing our collective clamor for President Aquino and Speaker Belmonte to exercise leadership and act decisively to pass the FOI Bill. Sign on to this letter, and invite your friends, family and colleagues to do the same," they said.
A letter urging the enactment of an FOI Law, with the signatures of those who signed the campaign, will be delivered to Aquino and Belmonte one week before the President's State of the Nation Address in July.