Duterte open to new version of anti-endo bill: labor chief

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 29 2019 04:13 PM | Updated as of Jul 29 2019 04:54 PM

MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte is open to a "new version" of the Security of Tenure bill which he vetoed, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said on Monday.

Bello said a new version of the bill would be crafted by Labor officials and a team of legislators. Proposals could be submitted to the Legislative Executive Development Council (LEDAC) on Monday.

"The mere fact that he allowed us to review this bill--I think it also involves reviewing the veto -- so malaking bagay yan. It is a step forward," Bello said during a briefing on the issue.

Bello said that the Labor Department would also review other bills seeking to give security of tenure to workers.

"That's why I've been appealing to the workers na huwag pabigla -bigla. It is not the end of their cause."

President Duterte was surprised by the public outcry over his veto, Bello said, as the chief executive just wanted to balance the interests of workers and businessmen.

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Labor officials said one of the issues they would look at is the extent of management's power to determine which services are directly related to the business and thus deserve security of tenure, and those that can be outsourced.

Employers want to be left alone to determine which services are directly related to their principal business, Bello said

"On the basis of this we will come up with a version that we think will serve the purpose of the workers and the businessmen," Bello said.

Senator Joel Villanueva, the principal sponsor of the Security of Tenure bill, refiled another version of the bill on Monday.

Senators earlier expressed disappointment over Duterte's veto of the bill, which he had certified as urgent.

Several employers groups had urged Duterte to veto the bill, warning that many companies would be forced to stop hiring if Villanueva's bill was signed.