Bishop saddened by Duterte’s veto of security of tenure bill

By CBCP News

July 29, 2019

Manila, Philippines

A Catholic bishop is saddened for the millions of contractual workers after President Rodrigo Duterte vetoed the security of tenure bill.

Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo said that Duterte has failed to fulfil his campaign promise of ending labor contractualization.

“By the veto, Duterte shows that he is more pro management than pro workers,” said Pabillo, who heads the bishops’ Commission on the Laity.

Duterte on July 26 vetoed the measure, which aims to ban labor-only contracting or “endo” and other exploitative employer practices.

The president said he wanted to maintain a “healthy balance” between the interests of employers and workers.

Business groups lauded the decision, but the labor sector and various militant organizations were not happy with it.

The Kilusang Mayo Uno said Duterte’s flip-flopping on the matter only speaks of his “treacherous” character.

“His promise to end endo will not be fulfilled in his term because he shows that he is more pro management than pro workers,” Pabillo said. CBCPNEWS