Senator Grace Poe: "I believe the masa is not dumb"

For a soft-spoken lady, she’s got <em>cojones</em>

Senator Grace Poe spoke at the State of the Freedom of Information Forum at Bonifacio Global City and expressed her opinion on the pervasive myth that the masses are dumb.


"I believe that the masa is not dumb. Ang Pilipino po ay hindi tanga, nagmumuka lang tayong tanga dahil kulang tayo sa sapat na impormasyon. Our people want information, they crave for information about what their government is doing and not doing for them, and today’s generation of Filipinos want information fast, and they want it free," said Senator Poe, as reported by


The Senator was speaking on the importance of getting the Freedom of Information bill passed, noting that disseminating information to the masses is key to implementing government policies effectively. She said, "The true value of FOI is not only that it will prevent graft and corruption. More importantly it will teach our people to participate and get involved. Makialam sa palakad ng kanilang gobyerno. A strong FOI empowers the people, it gives them knowledge, it allows them to make informed judgment."


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