Unknown and malicious transactions, undisbursed funds, questionable decisions and a lot more are causing confusions among our people. The government is losing the people’s trust, underscored by the scams and inappropriate spending of the people’s money. Instead of creating temporary solutions for a problem that gives birth to another problem, let’s pass a law that though may not totally eradicate corruption & poverty, will contribute chiefly to the solution of the problem.
People have the rights to access public information and know these government transactions but these rights were not practiced and observed properly.
It is stated on the Philippine constitution of 1987, ARTICLE III ,Section 7 “The right of the people to information on matters of public concern shall be recognized. Access to official records, and to documents and papers pertaining to official acts, transactions, or decisions, as well as to government research data used as basis for policy development, shall be afforded the citizen, subject to such limitations as may be provided by law.” Thus People’s Freedom of Information act should be passed to strengthen and empower people on these matters. We do not want our compatriots to suffer more whilst some individuals are living a prosperous and extravagant life out of the nation’s taxes. We do not want the youth to be fooled and be abused by some of our trusted government officials. Prove to us that you are not one of them. Pass the people’s FOI bill now. If there’s nothing to hide,no one needs to be frightened enough to delay its passage again.
We, from SIGAW NG KABATAAN COALITION, representing the joint voices of students from different universities, youth organizations & young workers, are demanding for the immediate passage of Freedom of Information bill. We will not let another term to expire and be spilled. The battle for the passage of the Freedom of information bill has been running for so long. It took different names through different authors but our objective has never been lost Transparency & Accountability in our government. Listen to the cry of the youth;PASS THE PEOPLE’S FREEDOM OF INFORMATION BILL NOW!