On Sunday morning, July 24, PCO Secretary Martin Andanar announced that President Rodrigo Duterte signed already the executive order on Freedom of Information.
At the press conference, Secretary Andanar says, “There were substantive pushing and pulling additions to this executive order for more transparent executive branch of government.”
Andanar stated that there is no plan regarding the timing of signing the executive order which has finalized on Saturday night.
“After 29 years of fighting to strengthen this freedom of information and to strengthen the right to information,” he said.
According to Sec. Andanar, it was late Cong. Raul Roco, who first submitted a bill to strengthen the right to information, which only took twenty-five days for Duterte as President that already considered as a record breaking in terms of speed signing an executive order.
President Rodrigo Duterte will deliver his first SONA (State of the Nation Address) on Monday, July 25.