Professor Ron Mendoza on freedom of information bill
Category: FACULTY IN THE NEWS
29 July 2011 - The freedom of information act is crucial to the task of ending corruption in government, Center for Development Management (CDM) core faculty and director of the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) Policy Center, Professor Ronald U. Mendoza asserts. This is in light of the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) study that revealed the Benigno Aquino III government to be less transparent than the previous administration.
At a recent Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility (CMFR) forum, PCIJ's Malou Mangahas revealed the results of their access to information audit, which showed that from September 2010 to April 2011, across 27 national government agenies including Malacañang, only 20 out of 35 requests for statement of assets, liabilities, and net worth (SALN) of government officials were given them. This number does not include the Office of the President and the Office of the Vice-President, both of which sent the PCIJ requests to the Office of the Ombudsman.
Read the article "Access to information more difficult under Aquino" by Ronalyn Olea, published on Bulatlat.com on 29 July 2011.