Sen, Grace Poe said the government’s overarching goal should be to institutionalize Freedom of Information (FOI), through the creation of an FOI law.
Poe was reacting to a memorandum issued by Malacanang which seeks to add more exceptions to what could be accessed under former President Duterte’s previous executive order on FOI.
“We will continue to push for an FOI law — one that gives more access to information than restrictions,” she said.
She noted that transparency is crucial to accountability. “Without transparency, our people cannot access the information needed to participate in effective governance.”
She also said every Filipino has a right to information of public concern. “This is a sacred element in empowerment and democracy,” Poe said.