Duterte on FOI: 'I have decided to hurry up the process'

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Posted at Jul 07 2016 11:26 PM

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President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday vowed to have the freedom of information (FOI) implemented in the executive branch by next week.

"Due to the constant and insistent demand, especially coming from media of the Philippines, regarding the state of where the right for information, I have decided to hurry up the process," Duterte said in a press conference aired by state broadcast station PTV-4.

Duterte said he has already received the draft executive order, but will have to review it first.

The President said he is leaving it up to Congress to make a similar move.

"I can only bind the executive department, my branch of government. I cannot mind the other two -- the judiciary and Congress -- because of the separation of powers," he said.

"But it is up to Congress also if they want, that they can file and maybe come up with a copy of the freedom of information law. This is just an executive order."