Employers’ group urges Duterte to veto Security and Tenure Bill ahead of SONA

Published July 22, 2019, 4:03 PM

by Martin Sadongdong & Antonio Colina

By Betheena Unite

The Employers’ Confederation of the Philippines on Monday urged President Duterte to veto the Security and Tenure Bill despite getting mixed signals from Malacanang about the fate of the bill.

ECOP Acting President Mr. Sergio Ortiz Luis (Employers Confederation of the Philippines FACEBOOK / MANILA BULLETIN)
ECOP President Mr. Sergio Ortiz Luis
(Employers Confederation of the Philippines FACEBOOK / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

The employers’ group President Sergio Ortiz Luis, in a television interview hours, before the president delivers his fourth State of the Nation Address, renewed their call for vetoing the bill, claiming that “there’s nothing much to be attained if the bill will be signed into law.

Luis, however, does not expect that the President will mention it in his State of the Nation Address (SONA).

“We do not expect him to say anything about the Security of Tenure Bill in the SONA but the deadline for him to veto it, I think is July 27, so we want him to be able to veto it before the deadline,” Luis said.

“I think if he mentions it, he will probably say that he will sign it so we are hoping that the better quietly he digest what that means because making that into the law will be like shooting ourselves in the foot because no other countries do that especially us who need jobs and we are trying to constrict investment and job creation,” Luis said.

He furthered that since last week, they have been getting mixed signals from the Malacanang on the fate of the bill.

“Last week we get a signal that he will sign it because he was the one who endorsed it as urgent. And now we are getting signals also that after all the associations, both local and foreign, have written him in all sorts of media editors, we feel that he is having a change of mind,” Luis added.