We have no hope that President Duterte will put into law a Security of Tenure bill that will genuinely end contractualization in the country. The flipflopping decision of Malacañang to veto the SoT bill speaks of the President’s treacherous character. He has long exposed himself as anti-worker and pro-foreign capitalists.

From DOLE’s Department Order 174 to the issuance of Executive Order 51, President Duterte has been taking the Filipino workers for a ride. The vetoing of the SoT bill is a complete turnaround from his bold campaign promise to stop the endo practice once he assumes the presidency.

Given the pressure coming from no less than the American Chamber of Commerce, representing the interests of US-led multinational corporations operating in the country, in cahoots with the confederation of the richest domestic commercial enterprises, we do not expect President Duterte to drop his position to veto the bill or take a similar action in the coming days. Nevertheless, the workers are outraged with how shameless this government can be when it comes to kowtowing to foreign dictates–be it US, China and other multinational and transnational enterprises. We reiterate our stand, all forms of contractualization must be prohibited.

We call on Filipino workers and people to oppose this puppet regime. We can only rely on our unity and collective action for genuine regularization of contractual and agency-hired workers to be realized.

Elmer Labog, chairperson

The Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) is an independent labour center promoting genuine, militant and patriotic trade unionism. It is genuine because it recognizes the struggle between labor and capital and upholds the legitimate interests of the working class; militant because it relies on the workers collective struggle in defending trade union and democratic rights; and patriotic because it seeks to end imperialist domination and control over the Philippines.