Just days before his State of the Nation Address, President Rodrigo Duterte signed an executive order on Freedom of Information which gives every Filipino access to information, official records, public records and documents and papers pertaining to official acts, transactions, or decisions, as well as government research data used as basis for public development.
While covering all government offices under the executive branch, access to information shall be denied when the information falls under any of the exceptions provided for in the 1987 Constitution.
Filipinos may request for the information they need by submitting a written request to the government office concerned.
The EO has nine exemptions, including information covered by executive privilege, concerning safety or deemed confidential; privileged information; and prejudicial and premature disclosure.
Several government agencies have also come up with FOI manuals to detail procedures for requests for information while the website FOI.gov.ph was launched to give the public easier access to information.
Presidential Communications Assistant Secretary Kris Ablan, Right to Know, Right Now! Coalition founding co-convenor Atty. Nepomuceon Malaluan and ABS-CBN reporter Christian Esguerra joins ANC’s “Talkback” to discuss the implications of the FOI executive order.