I will be a panelist at tomorrow’s wide-ranging discussion on the proposed Freedom of Information (FOI) law at the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) in a forum organized by the Asia Society.
And on Tuesday, I will be a panelist at the annual PEN (Poets, Essayists, Novelists) Conference.
I said yes to Monday’s invite because I will be the lone panelist speaking for full-time professional journalists. I will be talking partly from my own experience digging up information in the bowels of the government bureaucracy.
I have not really written about the FOI because I was waiting for the bills to get to a stage where they might be approved. Tomorrow I will have lots of things to say about the proposed FOI and how it will impact the future of Philippine journalism.
Ms. Suyin Liu Lee, Executive Director of Asia Society Philippines will open the forum.
The main speakers of the forum are Congressman Teddy Baguilat Jr. and Senator Juan Edgardo “Sonny” M. Angara who will talk about the House and Senate versions. Their portion will be moderated by Prof. Mario Lopez of the Asian Institute of Management.
India’s experience with FOI will be shared by Shri Yashovardhan Azad, Information Commissioner, Central Information Commission; and the Indonesian experience by Natalia Soebagjo, Chair of Executive Board, Transparency International Indonesia. Prof. Francisco Roman, Asian Institute of Management’s Dean of Research will be moderator.
Then four panelists, including me, will discuss the FOI’s impact on Philippine society:
- Ramon del Rosario, Chairman, Makati Business Club
- Melinda Quintos de Jesus, Executive Director, Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility
- Vincent Lazatin, Executive Director, Transparency & Accountability Network
- Raissa Robles, senior Manila correspondent, South China Morning Post (HK) and blogger
After that, John Nery, Editor-in-Chief of Inquirer.net, will moderate the discussion.
The PEN Conference this Tuesday
The I have also been invited to be a panelist at Tuesday’s yearly PEN conference to be held at De la Salle University
I thought it would be fun to talk about my experience on “blogging and the crusade against corruption.”
Here is the Philippine Daily Inquirer story on the event:
The Philippine Center of the International PEN (Poets & Playwrights, Essayists, Novelists) will hold its 56th annual conference on Dec. 2 and 3 at the The Verdure, Multi-purpose Hall, 5th floor, Henry Sy Hall, De La Salle University, Taft Avenue, Manila.
Theme is “Never stray from the path of righteousness and justice…” (Mabini’s The True Decalogue): Writing, Writers, Moral Regeneration and National Renewal.”
The 2014 conference is being held in commemoration of the 150th birth anniversary of Apolinario Mabini.
To deliver the keynote speech on Dec. 2 is novelist Anna Maria “Bambi” L. Harper, former columnist of the Philippine Daily Inquirer and chief of Intramuros Administration.
To deliver the traditional Jose Rizal Lecture on Dec. 3 is former Supreme Court Associate Justice Adolfo Azcuna, now of the International Commission of Jurists.
National Artists for Literature F. Sionil Jose and Bienvenido Lumbera will lead the writers, journalists, editors and publishers who will take part in the various literary sessions.
Featured writer-discussants on Dec. 2 include Raissa Robles, Victor Peñaranda Rene Azurin, Joel Pablo Salud, Nicolas Pichay, Floy Quintos, Dennis Marasigan, Clodualdo del Mundo Jr., Kristian Cordero, Fr. Wilmer Tria, Junley Lazaga, Alex R. Castro, Zola Macarambon, Francis Allan Angelo and Charlson Ong.
On Dec. 3, discussants include Ricardo Soler, Gemma Cruz Araneta, Saul Hofileña Jr., Ambassador Alejandrino Vicente, Bernardita Churchill, Karina Bolasco, Nida Ramirez, Jun Matias, Carlo Vergara, Edgar Samar and Marjorie Evasco.
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