Executive Order allowing freedom of information to be signed soon

(SPOT.ph) President Rodrigo Duterte is out to prove a point within the first weeks of his administration starting with an executive order touching on the long-delayed Freedom of Information bill.

Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said the first order of business for Duterte’s administration would be to impose his very own version of the Freedom of Information (FOI) bill, the Inquirer reported.

“We are finishing the draft executive order for the freedom of information. We hope to finish it this week or next week. That is the commitment of the president to us,” he said.

“This is a proactive stance of the Durterte administration to establish very transparent executive portfolios and in keeping with the president’s promise to deliver FOI once sworn into office,” he added.

However, Andanar clarified to Philstar.com that the order which allows public access to government records will only affect the government’s executive branch.

The original FOI bill that includes all government branches was part of former president Benigno Aquino III’s winning campaign platform. But Congress, despite having formed a majority bloc composed of Aquino’s ruling Liberal Party, was unable to pass it into law during his six-year term. Critics have noted the failure as one of the biggest shortcomings of the previous administration.


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