DAVAO CITY—The exceptions in the Freedom of Information that President Rodrigo Duterte signed on July 23 will be released on August 28, Presidential Communications Office Secretary Martin Andanar said.
Andanar said by then the people will be informed on what will be the restriction of the FOI the president signed.
But he said one of the restrictions would have to do with police and military intelligence gathering.
During the media forum here, Andanar was asked if Duterte would be willing to reveal his sources about the latter’s revelation on Senator Leila de Lima’s alleged immorality and usage of narco-money.
He said it is the prerogative of Duterte if he will reveal his sources or not.
“I doubt if [Duterte will reveal his sources] because anything has to do with intelligence gathering and anything that can ruin operations of our military or police… will not be accessible to the public,” Andanar said.
He said Duterte has the capacity to reveal any validated information that he has since he has the immunity that ordinary citizens do not enjoy.
He said: “It is his prerogative as President. It is his duty to serve and protect.”
He said that prior to De Lima’s criticism of the anti-illegal drug operation, the latter, as Human Rights commissioner, had started to investigate Duterte about his link to the Davao Death Squad.
However, no cases were filed against Duterte.