Duterte vetoes 'security of tenure' bill, says spokesman

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 26 2019 10:50 AM | Updated as of Jul 26 2019 08:30 PM

MANILA -- President Rodrigo Duterte has vetoed a bill that seeks to end labor contractualization, his spokesman said Friday.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo announced the veto of the Security of Tenure bill after retracting his statement late Thursday that the President rejected the measure.

Officials earlier said Duterte sought more time to study the bill, authored by Sen. Joel Villanueva, before deciding whether to sign or veto it.

Duterte promised during the campaign to stop "endo" of the hiring and firing of workers in cycles to avoid granting them regular employment status and corresponding benefits.

On Labor Day last year, the President issued an executive order that prohibits contracting and labor-only contracting.