President-elect Rodrigo Duterte has vowed to issue an Executive Order (EO) on the Freedom of Information (FOI) bill so that it will be implemented even if no law is passed by Congress.
In a television interview on Wednesday, Duterte, the mayor of Davao City in southern Mindanao, said he will implement the FOI measure in all executive agencies.
“Kung ayaw ng Congress [If Congress will not pass it], I will start progressively. Para walang satsat, walang yakyak, day one, basta pataas na, huwag na pabalik kasi magulo yan [Let’s cut the talk, the debates, day one, not retroactive, that is chaotic],” the mayor added.
“Freedom of Information, I will impose it on my department, executive department.
Unahan ko na. I will issue an Executive Order. All. Hindi na kailangan ng batas [There’s no need for a law],” he said.
The FOI bill has been languishing in Congress.
The bill was passed by the Senate in March 2014 with 22 affirmative votes but the House of Representatives did not finish its deliberations on the proposal.
Under the measure, the public will have easier access to government records subject to the procedures and limitations provided by law.
The FOI bill also mandates all government agencies to publish and make available for download their budget, expenses and audited financial statements.