Gringo assures POGI bill passage

SENATOR Gregorio Honasan on Friday assured the passage of Peoples’ Ownership of Government Information (POGI) bill, the counterpart measure on Freedom of Information (FOI) bill now pending in Congress, before the campaign period.

“I believe at least in the Senate, we are at a more advantage stage. I’m confident na we will coordinate with senators to give this priority. I’m confident we can pass this at the very least before the start of the campaign period of 2013 mid-term elections,” Honasan said.

Honasan said the early passage of the sin tax and budget bills give more confident for the passage of POGI.

“We welcome this new and positive development. Nabuo na naman ang panel sa sin tax bill and on the General Appropriations Act (GAA). I think there’ll be bough senators to move to the next level which is the period of interpellation and amendments,” the former soldier said.

“Kung aerosol tayo na gawin itong priority measure, I’m confident we can pass this even before the holidays, the Christmas break. But the worst case scenario, given the many sense of priorities, by January,  I hope we can pass this also,” he added.

Honasan is relying on the 22 senators who signed the committee report out of 23 which indicates the kind of support the lawmakers have.

“If you can check on the committee report,  no less than 22 senatorsout of 23 signed which indicate the kind of support the senators have (on the bill),” he explained.

“If you are talking of potential support, I have  no doubt we can pass this. Only Senator Alan Peter Cayetano will make clarificatory questions during the interpellations, and Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago has signified intention to interpolate,” Honasan further said.

“So once we are able to adequately respond to her questions we could move to second and third reading,” Honasan concluded.

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