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Aquino government supports proposed amendment on FOI Bill 

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MANILA (Mindanao Examiner / Jan. 30, 2014) – The Aquino administration said it is open to proposals that the Freedom of Information Bill – currently undergoing deliberations in Congress – will include an amendment that would  require government officials to disclose all their earnings in order to know how much an official earns, a government spokesman said.

This, after Senator Miriam Santiago proposed an amendment to the FOI Bill that will require all government officials to disclose all sources of income.

Secretary Herminio Coloma said the government will wait for the decision of lawmakers on this proposal and will abide by it.

“Hihintayin naming ang pagpapasya ng Senate Committee on Public Information at ng counter-part committee sa House. Hihintayin namin yung bubuuin na batas dahil ang pagpapanukala ng batas ay pangunahing tungkulin ng mga mambabatas,” Coloma said.

“Nananatili ang ating pananaw ng pagbibigay ng sapat na oras sa ating mambabatas para itaguyod yung mga aspeto ng batas,” he added.

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