Senators not keen on overriding Duterte veto of stop-'endo' bill - Villanueva

Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 05 2019 05:27 PM

MANILA - Sen. Joel Villanueva on Monday said his colleagues are not keen on overriding President Rodrigo Duterte’s veto of the bill that seeks to end labor contractualization or “endo.”

“A number of my colleagues are not comfortable with going through that process of overriding so we won’t be pushing that option,” Villanueva told reporters.

Duterte earlier vetoed the Security of Tenure Bill, saying it "unduly broadens the scope and definition of prohibited labor-only contracting.”

The President said he vetoed the proposed measure because he wanted to maintain the “delicate balance” between the interests of employers and employees.

Lawmakers were dismayed after Duterte vetoed the proposed measure seeking to end contractualization, one of his campaign promises that helped put him in office.

Villanueva said he refiled the bill because the Senate leadership gave an assurance that it would be prioritized.

The senator said he would meet with officials from the executive branch to tackle their differences on the proposed measure.

He said he would seek an explanation from the executive branch why the bill was vetoed even though Duterte had certified it as an urgent measure.

“Masama ang loob ko sa buong admin, hindi ko naman itinatago yun, siguro naman kahit sino sa atin ang lumagay sa posisyon ko maiintindihan kung ano ang nararamdaman natin,” Villanueva said.

(I am dismayed with the administration and I’m not denying that. Anyone in my position would understand my reaction.)

In vetoing the bill, Duterte explained that while labor-only contracting must be prohibited, legitimate job-contracting should be allowed, provided that the contractor is well capitalized, has sufficient investments, and affords its employees all the benefits provided under labor laws.

Businesses should be allowed to determine whether they should outsource certain roles or not, “especially when job contracting will result in economy and efficiency in their operations, with no detriment to the workers.”

“This is especially critical since empirical data shows that the Philippines is currently at a disadvantage already in terms of cost and flexibility of labor use compared to its peers in the region,” Duterte said.