Palace wants FOI study first

By Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 10 2011 09:05 PM | Updated as of Feb 11 2011 05:05 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang wants to study first different models in first world democracies before it presents a Freedom of Information (FOI) bill it can push in Congress.
Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said on Thursday that Malacañang wants to balance the constitutional right to access to information and issues on privacy and national security. 

"Certainly, we are committed to and to uphold the constitutional right to access of information. That's what we believe in and that is what this administration also would wish to uphold. But then again we have to balance this with the privacy concerns and that is the reason why we are studying several models right now before we come up with a bill," Lacierda said.

"Before we present a bill, we'd like to as much as possible make the bill as smooth as possible. We address national security concerns, we address privacy concerns. We would also like to prevent the abuse of the use of the Freedom of Information and those are the concerns that we have right now," he added.