Duterte may veto security of tenure bill, Panelo says


Posted at Jul 25 2019 04:09 PM | Updated as of Jul 25 2019 04:11 PM

MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte is studying proposals to veto the security of tenure bill after a Cabinet member raised some issues, a Palace official said Thursday.

Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia reacted to some provisions of the measure that seeks to end contractualization in the country, Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a Palace briefing.

Panelo did not mention specific provisions, but Pernia earlier said the bill must be "fair" for both workers and employers.

"If the President feels that the observations of Sec. Pernia is a good reason to vetoing the bill, he will," Panelo said.

"If he feels that signing the law will create not beneficial effects to major players, he will consider vetoing it. But if he does not feel that way, he would sign it into law," he said.

Employers groups also urged Duterte to veto the bill, saying it would force some companies to cut jobs.

Ending labor contractualization was among Duterte's first promises when he assumed the presidency in 2016, but the issue was left out of the chief executive's 4th State of the Nation Address on Monday.

The bill that was passed by both chambers of Congress will lapse into law if Duterte fails to sign it this week.