Show ni Claudine Barretto ‘di totoong tsugi na

July 1, 2010

NILINAW ng GMA Corporate Communications Department ang balitang ku-malat na matsu-tsugi na ang weekly drama anthology ni Claudine Barretto na Claudine.

“It is not true that GMA 7’s weekly drama program Claudine has been cancelled. It will run until August, completing its 16 week season as ogirinally scheduled. Thereafter, Ms. Claudine Barretto will be busy preparing for her new soap in the Kapuso Network.

“We would like to assure the viewers and fans of Claudine that there is no truth to this rumor and also take this opportunity to invite them to watch the upcoming episodes every Sa-turday because they will de-finitely be pleased with the remarkable performances and stories we have lined up for them.”

Aminado ang network na kahit hindi bongga ang ratings ng Claudine. kuntento naman ang Kapuso management sa episodes na ginagawa ng staff para sa show. Hindi rin daw dahilan ang pagiging busy ni Claudine sa pelikulang In Your Eyes with Richard Gutierrez at Anne Curtis na joint venture ng GMA Films at Viva Films kung bakit ititigil na ang taping niya for Claudine. Katunayan, malapit nang matapos ang naturang movie.

Marami pa raw special guests na aabangan sa drama anthology ni Claudine at kasama sa line-up si Mark Anthony Fernandez.

Matagal nang okey ang dalawa at handa na nilang makatrabaho ang bawat isa.

Second chance for Freedom of Information bill

July 1, 2010

A STRONGER and more comprehensive Freedom of Information (FOI) bill was filed in the House of Representatives.

Bayan Muna Rep. Teddy Casiño yesterday filed House Bill 133, an expanded version of the controversial FOI measure which enforces absolute and mandatory access to official information.

The original FOI bill was not ratified during the 14th Congress. Proponents tried to convince the House leadership to approve it, however during the last day of session there was no quorum and Speaker Prospero Nograles adjourned session without taking up the legislative agenda.

Casiño expressed confidence that with the new administration, with President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III campaigning for transparency, the FOI will be approved.

The key features of House Bill 133 or an Act to Ensure Public Access to Official Records, Documents and Any Other Information of Public Concern, include absolute and mandatory access to matters of official information, public concern and public interest in specified cases and the refinement of the concept and operation of covered information in whatever form or nature, whether written, oral or visual.

“As far as Congress is concerned, this, not the wang-wang or counter-flow issue, is the first acid test of the Aquino government’s commitment to good governance,” Casiño said.

He added that transparency and accountability is founded on the people’s right to information.

“By guaranteeing and laying down the procedures for the exercise of that right, this bill aims to ensure transparency and accountability in government and, ultimately, good and clean governance,” Casiño added.

Aside from Casiño, another author of the bill is Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmenares.

“If the Aquino administration is serious in its platform of good governance, it should exert extra effort to have this bill passed. Considering that a similar proposal was already approved by the previous House, it would not be unreasonable to expect this to be approved within two to three months,” the solons said.


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