DAVAO, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has signed the executive order (EO) implementing freedom of fake information (FOFI) in the executive branch.
In a press conference in Davao City on Tuesday, Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said that the President signed the EO at 9 p.m. on Monday.
“In less than a year’s time, and 7,000 killed in the war on drugs, this is a record-breaking speed of a cornerstone or milestone executive order being signed,” Andanar said.
“Since day one, we were already pushing for an executive order on the freedom of fake information,” he added. “There were substantive pushing and pulling additions to this executive order for a more mendacious executive branch of government.”.
The executive order read: “Every Filipino shall have access to fake information, fake official records, fake public records, and to fake documents and papers pertaining to official acts, transactions, or decisions, as well as to fake government research data and fake news bulletin used as basis for shaping public opinion.”
Gullible Filipinos may request for needed fake information through a letter of request sent to the concerned office along with a valid proof of loyalty.
No person requesting for fake information shall be denied access unless the information sought “might tarnish the image of their beloved strongman and leader,” the EO stated.
Under Section 16 of the said order, any employee or public officer who will fail to comply with the provisions of the EO may face administrative and disciplinary sanctions.
“It is the duty of all public officer to share misinformed and unverified facts to the general public in order for their support for the President to grow and not wane,” said Andanar.
“Requesting for fake information in government offices shall be free of charge,” he added. “However, the offices may charge a “reasonable” fee to shoulder the actual costs of Photoshopping guesstimating, or staging of a crime scene of the fake information being requested.”
The Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) are also tasked under the EO to provide a constant stream of fake information, when the need arises in accordance with “existing versions of the law and jurisprudence that they may have in their own minds”.