TAÑADA: “THE FIGHT FOR CITIZEN’S RIGHT TO KNOW WILL CONTINUE”

Office of Rep. Lorenzo R. Tañada III
Chairperson: Committee on Human Rights
Northwing 409, House of Representatives, Quezon City
telefax: 9316478 or 9315001 loc. 7368 email:erin_tanada@yahoo.com

News Release- February 4, 2010
References: Erin Tanada-09193688555
Media officer: Laurice Ramos- 09228433311

TAÑADA: “THE FIGHT FOR CITIZEN’S RIGHT TO KNOW WILL CONTINUE”

After falling by the wayside due to supposed quorum problems, among other things, Representative Lorenzo “Erin” R. Tañada III (4th District, Quezon), one of the principal proponents of the Freedom of Information bill said the bill is not yet lost as far as the 14th Congress is concerned.

“After the May elections, Congress goes back to conduct business May 31 and will formally close on June 4. There is that window, albeit a very narrow one, that we can use. With proper information and education campaign coupled with strategizing with the electorate, we will make this window wider,” Tañada said.

After 1987, there was one particular instance where Congress reconvened after an election and passed a major law – the Electricity Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA) in 2001.

As quorum will be a major factor, Tañada urged networks and advocates working on the issue to center their campaign in making sure that congressmen will report back to work, whether they win or lose, sit inside the session hall to vote and ratify the Bicameral Conference Committee Report on the measure.

“Our people must own the issue and make their so-called “representatives” in Congress shape up and deliver one of their fundamental rights enshrined in the Constitution – their right to be informed on matters of public concern,” He ended.

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