President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to sign an executive order (EO) on Freedom of Information (FOI), Malacañang said on Wednesday.
Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said the final draft of the EO will be finished tonight.
Andanar and Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea met with representatives of the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism and Right To Know groups in Malacañang on Wednesday to discuss details of the proposed EO on FOI.
Andanar shared on Facebook photos of the meeting.
“Hammering out the details of President Rody Duterte’s FOI EO on the 7th day of his presidency. Change is here! Be a #PartnerForChange,” Andanar wrote.
“[It was part of the] consultation of FOI EO. We should finish it [FOI EO draft] tomorrow night,” Andanar told reporters.
“By the Grace of God it will be signed Friday,” he added.
Duterte had said that if Congress will not pass the FOI bill, he will impose the right to information in the executive branch of government.
“Kung ayaw ng Congress, I will start progressively, para walang satsat, yakyak. (If Congress does not want to pass it, I will start progressively so that we don’t talk too much),” Duterte said in May.
Former president Benigno Aquino 3rd made the FOI a priority during his term but Congress failed to pass the measure despite urgent calls from various sectors.