Duterte signs Executive Order for freedom of information (FOI)

admin   •   July 25, 2016   •   3344

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte signs the executive order on the Freedom of Information on Saturday, July 23, 2016.  SIMEON CELI/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTOGRAPHERS DIVISIO

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte signs the executive order on the Freedom of Information on Saturday, July 23, 2016.

MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte has signed the executive order (EO) for the implementation of freedom of information (FOI) in the executive branch.

The order applies to government agencies, government-owned or controlled corporations (GOCC’s), state universities and colleges.

All local government units are encouraged to observe the newly approved order.

The executive order states: “Every Filipino shall have access to information, official records, public records, and to documents and papers pertaining to official acts, transactions, or decisions, as well as to government research data used as basis for public document.”

Access will only be denied if data being requested falls under any of the exceptions stated in the constitution.

The Department of Justice and the Solicitor General are given 30 days to prepare an inventory of exemptions which will be submitted to the Office of the President.

Officials and employees from the executive branch of the government are also reminded of their obligation to submit their statement of assets, liabilities and net worth or SALN in adherence to the existing law and provisions stated in the executive order.

Presidential Communications Office Secretary Martin Andanar said, any person may be granted information by writing a letter of request to duly authorized personnel assigned by the head of the government agency. After review of the letter, the assigned personnel should give the information within 15 days.

If request has been denied, petitioner may appeal to a higher official and must be decided upon within 30 working days.

The executive order notes that requests will not be charged with acceptance fees. However, the agency may require reimbursement for reproduction costs.

All government agencies are directed to produce a people’s freedom of information manual that will serve as a guideline in requesting information.

Concerned parties who will be proven violating the provisions in the order, will face administrative and disciplinary sanctions. (NEL MARIBOJOC/UNTV News&Rescue)

Makabayan Congressmen deny linkages to CPP-NPA as claimed by Duterte

Marje Pelayo   •   December 1, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Makabayan congressmen vehemently deny linkages to the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) after President Rodrigo Duterte himself identified the group as such.

Hindi ako miyembro ng Communist Party of the Philippines, maging ng NPA or ng NDF (I am not a member of the Communist Party of the Philippines, or the NPA, or the NDF),” said Bayan Muna Partylist Rep. Carlos Zarate in a press conference on Tuesday (December 1).

Zarate admits being an activist and a human rights lawyer but not a member of any group that targets destabilization of the current administration.

ACT Teachers Partylist Rep. France Castro, meanwhile, accused the Duterte Administration of using the issue to divert the public’s attention from the government’s poor response to the current problems of the country.

“Patuloy na nililink ang mga progresibong organisasyon na talagang nagbubunyag ng kainutilan nitong Duterte administration,” Castro said adding that such a claim is the administration’s scheme to disqualify their group in the 2022 Elections.

The lawmakers claim it is a way to silence them for being critical of the government.

“With the statement of the President they will be further emboldened to intensify their attacks against us including even their objective to remove us from Congress, ipa-disqualify kami (to have us disqualified),” Zarate said.

The opposition group dares their critics who are claiming of having evidence linking them to the communist group to face them in court.

They are also hoping that the House leadership will support them given that House Speaker Allan Velasco once said in October that he will protect any member of the Lower House who is being tagged by Lt Gen Antonio Parlade Jr of the National task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict as members of the communist organization. 

Meanwhile, Malacañang questioned leaf-leaning organizations or militant groups why they cannot renounce the use of arms.

According to Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, it’s questionable that while they consistently deny claims linking them to the communist organization, they do not condemn the NPA’s armed activities.

Roque said it is not criminal to be a member of an organization but to become an advocate of armed struggle against the government is against the law.

“Kung ikaw ay member ng CPP, pwede kang maging legal but you have to renounce the use of arms. Magagaling naman sila sa parliamentary politics. Na-e-elect naman sila. Pinakamarami sila sa party list groups. Bakit hindi pa nila i-renounce ang use of arms,” Roque said.

[If you are a member of the CPP, you can be legal but you have to renounce the use of arms. They are good in parliamentary politics. They are being elected. They have the majority in party list groups. Why couldn’t they renounce the use of arms?]

“Pero habang hindi nila nire-renounce at habang sila po ay nakikibahagi pa sa paggamit ng dahas at sandata laban sa republika, criminal po iyan,” he concluded.

[But while not renouncing and while still supporting the use of arms or armed struggle against the Republic (of the Philippines), that’s criminal.] MNP (with reports from Rey Pelayo / Rosalie Coz)

Duterte tells Filipinos: Emulate Bonifacio’s courage, determination in facing challenges

Robie de Guzman   •   November 30, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday called on Filipinos to emulate the courage, determination, and patriotism of revolutionary hero Andres Bonifacio in facing challenges such as the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic that the world is facing.

In a taped message aired during the wreath-laying ceremony at the Bonifacio Monument in Caloocan City to mark the 157th birth anniversary of the Filipino hero, Duterte noted Bonifacio’s legacy of sparking the fires of a revolution that “awakened our national consciousness and served as the foundation” of the Philippine Republic.

“His love of country — which aroused our ancestors to fight for our freedom and secure our rightful place in the community of nations —- is very vital now, more than ever, as we overcome the challenges of COVID-19 pandemic,” Duterte said in his message.

“As we remember his life and deeds, may the values he fought for, inspire us all to become worthy heirs of the just, progressive, and inclusive society that he envisioned more than a century ago,” he added.

Duterte also encouraged Filipinos to draw inspiration from Bonifacio to overcome challenges and secure a much brighter future for the country.

“Fueled by Bonifacio’s extraordinary courage and determination, let us surmount the many challenges ahead and secure a much better and brighter future for every Filipino.

Mabuhay si Gat Andres Bonifacio at ang ating inang Bayan!” he said.

Duterte did not attend the Bonifacio Day commemoration rites held in Caloocan City on Monday.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana led the flag-raising and wreath-laying ceremonies at the Bonifacio Monument.

Simultaneous ceremonies were also held in other historic sites in the country in honor of the Filipino hero.

Gloria Arroyo named presidential adviser on Clark projects – Palace

Robie de Guzman   •   November 26, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has designated former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo as his adviser on Clark flagship programs and projects, Malacañang announced Thursday.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said Duterte signed Arroyo’s appointment papers on Nov. 24, with her compensation pegged at one peso a year.

Roque said Arroyo’s wisdom and experience as a former head of state and head of government “would be valuable as she would assist the Administration in the planning and execution of programs and projects to turn Clark as the next premier metropolis of Asia.”

The Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) welcomed Arroyo’s appointment.

“We greatly welcome the appointment of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo as Presidential Adviser on Clark Programs and Projects. Her wisdom and gravitas will be invaluable in making the vision of Clark as the next premier metropolis of Asia a reality,” it said in a statement.

The BCDA manages the Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga, which hosts local and foreign businesses as well as the Clark International Airport.

Arroyo served as the country’s president for 10 years, from 2001 to 2010, before being elected as a representative of Pampanga’s second district. She later became Speaker of the House from 2018 to 2019.


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