Duterte admin to release EO on FOI in first two weeks

  • President Duterte set to issue Executive Order on FOI soon
  • Communications head Martin Andanar says the EO will be released this week or the next
  • Duterte promised to implement the FOI law when he won the presidency

President Rodrigo Duterte is keen on keeping his promise to implement the citizens’ right to freedom of information (FOI) as Malacañang vowed to release the executive order (EO) effectively implementing this right soon.

Presidential communications chief Martin Andanar said on Sunday in a radio interview that the EO for the FOI is expected to be released on the first or second week of the Duterte administration.

“Noong kinausap po natin ang Pangulo doon po sa turnover po sa Philippine National Police ay nagkaroon po tayo ng pagkakataon na maipaalala po sa Pangulo ang kanyang pangako sa media at sa taumbayan,” Andanar was quoted in a GMA News Online story.

[When we talked to our President during the turnover ceremony of the Philippine National Police, we got a chance to remind him of his promise to the media and the Filipinos.]

He added: “So, ito po ay dina-draft na po ngayon. Fina-fine tune na po natin ‘yung executive order at siguro po sa awa po ng Diyos ay maia-announce po natin this week or next week po.”

[So now, we are drafting it. We are just fine tuning the executive order and maybe, with God’s help, we can announce it this week or the next.]

Duterte earlier promised that he will issue an executive order to enable the citizens’ rights to freedom of information; a measure that has long languished in Congress for years.

Former President Benigno Aquino III listed FOI as one of his priority legislations in 2015 but the measure did not see passage under his watch.

Senate passed the measure in March 2014 but the House of Representatives failed to pass their own version.