House of Representatives restricts reporters’ access to congressmen’s attendance records, annual income declarations

Manila Standard Today reports that "members of the House of Representatives on Wednesday, May 2, barred reporters from gaining access to their attendance records and reported annual income."

Manila Standard Today reports that "members of the House of Representatives on Wednesday, May 2, barred reporters from gaining access to their attendance records and reported annual income." According to the reporters concerned, "the lawmakers resurrected an old rule that required going through a complicated procedure to gain access to their records."

 

Manila Standard Today explained that "the House revived an old rule that took effect in 2009, which requires reporters to submit a written request, have an interview, and wait for a maximum 10 days for approval or disapproval."

 

The report further noted: "The rule says a lawmaker has the right to reject a request to disclose his statement of assets and liabilities, which the law requires, and his attendance record. The House of Representatives apparently had adopted the scheme used by the Supreme Court to avoid public disclosures of the assets of the chief justice and the associate justices."

 

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