Senator-elect Grace Poe Llamanzares told the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) that she will support the passage of the Freedom of Information Bill (FOI) and possible amendments to the cybercrime law. Poe made this assurance during the meeting of the KBP last June 19.
The FOI was approved by the Senate last December 2012 but failed to pass the House of Representatives, The Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 was opposed by press freedom and civil rights advocates due to what they believe are onerous provisions. The Supreme Court had issued a temporary restraining order preventing the enforcement of the law following the filing of 15 petitions with the Court questioning its legelaity.
Poe also told the KBP that the media association can count on her support in the senate in media advocacies. Poe said, “I believe in free expression, of course with responsibility. We have to uphold the highest ethical standards which the KBP is promoting among its members.”