Duterte to implement FOI, task force for journalists

Duterte to implement FOI, task force for journalists

- The palace assured the public that President Duterte will sign an Executive Order to implement the Freedom of Information

- Martin Andanar also revealed that they will issue an administrative order creating a presidential task force to protect journalists

- The issuances are expected to be released within this week or next week

President Rodrigo Duterte according to palace officials will sign an executive order to expedite the implementation of the proposed Freedom of Information (FOI) law, and an administrative order to create special task force for journalists.

Duterte to implement FOI, task force for journalists

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Presidential Communications Office Secretary Martin Andanar said that they are already preparing the draft, “this week po abangan niyo po ang aming draft po at sana—hinahabol po namin ang draft po ng executive order para po sa Freedom of Information at i-a-anunsyo po namin iyan,” said Andanar.

(Watch out for our draft this week—we are preparing the draft of the executive order for the Freedom of Information and we will announce it.)

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Earlier this year, Duterte has already expressed his intention to issue the executive order. “Kung ayaw ng Congress, I will start progressively, para walang sat-sat, yak-yak,” said Duterte.

(If Congress does not want to pass it, I will start progressively so that we don’t talk too much.)

The FOI was proposed under Aquino’s administration. The former president also promised to push for the proposal, but it did not pass in the Congress.

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Meanwhile, Andanar also revealed the palace’s plan to issue an administrative order which will establish a task force against media killings.

Andanar said: “Abangan niyo po dahil meron na po kaming idina-draft ni Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, ito po ay may kinalaman sa presidential task force against media killings.”

(Watch out for our draft being prepared by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea.It has something to do with the presidential task force against media killings.)

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He explained that the presidential task force will assure the media people’s safety especially with the dangers that come with their job.

At the onset of Duterte’s victory in the polls, he had been criticized for his pronouncements that supposedly condoned media killings. He then boycotted the media, and directed his statements through state-run media entities.

The communications secretary said that the issuances will be released within this week or next week.

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