Seneres pursues presidency, promises job security

Jamaine Punzalan,

MANILA - OFW Family Club Party-list Representative Roy Señeres on Friday filed his certificate of candidacy (COC) for president at the Commission on Elections main office in Intramuros, Manila.

Señeres said he will focus on the eradication of contractualization, job order employment and corruption.

He earlier said contractualization robs 15 million Filipino workers of their security of employment.

He said hundreds of businessmen lay off workers every 3 to 5 months. Señeres said he would issue an executive order as president, directing all employers to comply with the law and ban the termination of workers every 5 months or else they will be penalized.

"Masyadong exploitation, masyadong pang-aabuso, masyadong enslavement ang ginagawa ng mga unscrupulous employers in this countries," Señeres said.

The lawmaker claimed that the unfair employment practices remain prevalent in the country as politicians become beholden to politicians who bankrolled their poll campaigns.

Señeres also hopes to stop the practice of job-order employment in the government, as exemplified by the employees that will be laid off with losing election candidates.

“Sa gobyerno, mayroon tayong mga job-order employees na tinatanggal ng gobyerno depende na lang kung gusto nila o hindi o kaya ‘pag natalo sila. Halimbawa ngayong darating na halalan, may mga matatalo,may mananalo. Kapag natalo si governor, ‘yung mga hatak niyang empleyado na job-order employees ay tanggal sa trabaho dahil papalitan na sila ng mga nanalong gobernador o mayor,” he said.

“Should I become President of this country with your help and with the blessing of the Lord, stay put kayong job-order employees because afte all, nakalagay ‘yan sa Constitution of the Philippines, dapat may security of tenure kayo hanggang kayo ay mag-retire at the age of 65.”

The aspiring president filed his COC with running mate Bishop Ted Malangen of the Jesus Christ the Deliverer Church. They will run under the Partido ng Manggagawa at Magsasaka (PMM) Magsasaka led by lawyer Jose Malvar Villegas.