The right to information is not just the government's requirement to provide information
when asked. Rather, the right to information includes the government furnishing information and
giving access as a matter of practice.
Author Lance D. Collins, PhD, is the principal attorney of the Law Office of Lance D. Collins, Post Office Box 2154, Wailuku, HI 96793 USA. He is a 2004 graduate of the William S. Richardson School of Law and obtained his Ph.D. in Political Science/Philippine Studies from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa. He presented this paper during the 9th International Conference on the Philippines (ICOPHIL) held at the Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, U.S.