- President Duterte is most likely to sign the executive order on Freedom of Information (FOI) on Friday
- Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said he has met with the consultants of the EO last Wednesday, July 6
- The draft for FOI EO will be ready by Thursday night, July 7
One of the new President’s first projects, aside from the abolition of illegal drugs and criminality, is to accomplish projects which the previous president failed to deliver.
One of which is the implementation of an Executive Order (EO) allowing freedom of information (FOI). The FOI bill, which has been put on hold in the Congress for years now, will give the public an opportunity and freedom to access government records they wish to evaluate.
Former President Benigno Aquino III in his presidential campaign also promised to enact the FOI, but he failed to deliver despite holding the highest position in government. Many of his party-mates in the Congress opposed the idea of allowing the public full access to government documents.
Last Wednesday, the Communications Secretary Martin Andanar together with Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea met with Malou Mangahas of the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ), lawyers Nepoo Malaluan, Ryan Acosta, Kris Ablan, and Mara Querol, as part of the consultation process for the upcoming Freedom of Information (FOI) Executive Order.
According to Martin Andanar, the draft for the EO will be ready by Thursday night.
Andanar also confirmed that the said order will be signed by President Duterte on Friday.
“By the Grace of God it will be signed Friday,” he said.
The first week of Duterte regime seems to be consistent with his promise to deliver an administration that is transparent and open to the public.
“This is a commitment of the President to us,” Andanar said.