Duterte not a dictator but ‘champion of transparency’ - Nograles

House committee on appropriations chairman Karlo Nograles refuted the administration’s critics claim that the Philippines ranks 1st for budget transparency in Asia because President Rodrigo Duterte is a dictator.
“This will be a bitter pill for administration critics to swallow, but the survey ranking is proof that President Rodrigo Duterte is a champion of transparency. His actions and policies are consistent with this fact,” Nograles said.

The Philippines ranks 1st for budget transparency in Asia, having an Open Budget Index of 67, and 19th worldwide, with 42 OBI points, according to the Open Budget Survey (OBS) of 2017 result.

“How can you have a dictator for a president while his government is also considered as one of the world’s most transparent? The country’s sound fiscal and budget policies emanate from the Office of the President, and is only put into practice by the Department of Budget and Management and of course the House of Representatives which possess the power of the purse,” Nograles added.
June 30, 2016, when Duterte was elected as the 16th President of the Philippines, wherein 3 weeks  after his inauguration, he gave transparency in government a boost by signing Executive Order No. 2, also known as the Freedom of Information (FOI) Order, covering all government offices under the Executive Branch.

“What the previous presidents failed to do in their six-year terms, President Duterte did in less than a month. The FOI directive is conveniently being forgotten by administration attackers but they are among those who benefit from it,” Nograles said.


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