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Duterte may consider businessmen's appeal to veto Security of Tenure bill.

By Argyll Cyrus Geducos and Vanne Elaine Terrazola

Malacanang said that just like any appeal on any legislative measure, President Duterte may consider the calls of business groups to veto the Security of Tenure bill.

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo stated this after business groups said the bill goes against the constitutional rights of businesses to contract labor as part of their management prerogative.

In his Thursday press briefing, Panelo said that while the President has not mentioned anything about the bill, he may consider the calls of the business groups.

"Well, the President is still.... I don't know. He hasn't talked about it," he said.

"The President is always appreciative and considerate on whatever opposition or concerns raised by any sector in this country relative to any bill passed in Congress and subject to his signature or veto," he added.

The measure - Senate Bill No. 1826 or the Security of Tenure and End of 'Endo' Act of 2019 -will lapse into law on July 27 should Duterte fail to sign or veto it. The President had earlier certified the bill as urgent.

Panelo said Duterte may not have the time to look into it because of the number of documents piling up in his office.

"There are so many documents he has to sign, and at the same time he has so many activities he has to attend to. Out-of-town trips, he visits one place, and then another place. Meanwhile, documents pile up. Kaya kung minsan, hindi niya nakikita yung iba (So sometimes, he don't get to see all of them)," he said.

President Duterte has promised to put an end to contractualization. But he said that a mere Executive Order (EO) is not enough and Congress needs to pass a law for job security.

Senator Joel Villanueva expressed hope that President Duterte will sign the proposed law against the abusive practice of job contractualization before his State of the Nation Address on July 22.

Villanueva, sponsor of the proposed Security of Tenure law in tje Senate, is hopeful that the Chief Executive will act on the measure soon.

"I think all of us are expecting this to be signed before the SONA. Well, okay lang din after as long as ma-sign (I'm also okay with him signing it after as along as the measure is signed)," he told reporters in a text message.

In appealing to the President to sign it, Villanueva, chair of the Senate Committee on Labor, Employment and Human Resources Development, reiterated that the Security of Tenure bill strikes a balance between the interests of the labor sector and employers.

"The bill adheres to the Constitution, which mandates the regulation of relations between workers and employers, recognizing the right of labor to its just share in the fruits of production and the right of enterprises to reasonable returns on investments, and to expansion and growth," he said.



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Date:Jul 18, 2019
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