The Senate on Tuesday evening approved its version of the Freedom of Information (FOI) bill, a landmark piece of legislation that will lift the shroud of secrecy over government transactions and data, on second reading. The bill, known as the People's Ownership of Government Information (POGI) under Senate Bill 3208, was approved on second reading after the Senate closed the period of amendments earlier in the day. The proposed measure will "radically change the bureaucratic landscape" in the country, according to Sen. Gregorio Honasan, the bill's sponsor. — Kimberly Jane Tan/KBK, GMA News
Twelve people were killed in the Philippines on Saturday as troops clashed with a militant group blamed for the country's deadliest terror attacks, the military said.