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VERA FILES FACT CHECK: To ‘endo’ or to end it: How Duterte backtracked on vow to stop contractualization

Malacañang has certified as urgent 22 priority measures, which President Rodrigo Duterte wants the 18th Congress to pass into law. Not on the list is the bill ending contractualization or “endo,” a campaign promise of the President.

On July 26, Duterte vetoed the Security of Tenure bill — previously certified as urgent — that seeks to end the practice of labor-only contracting in the country.

“Endo” or “end of contract” refers to the hiring of workers for less than six months to avoid regularization as mandated by law.

Watch how Duterte’s stance on the issue evolved halfway through his six-year term.


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ABS-CBN News, Stop-’endo’ bill not among Duterte’s priority measures, Aug. 5, 2019

Manila Bulletin, Villanueva hoping SOT will be considered priority measure by Duterte admin anew, Aug. 6, 2019, Committee Report 392, May 18, 2019

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RTVMalacanang, Press Conference – Davao City 9/10/2016, Sept. 10, 2016

Kilusang Mayo Uno, KONTRAKTWAL GAWING REGULAR (photo), June 3, 2018

RTVMalacanang, Labor Assembly 5/1/2017, May 1, 2017

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Official Gazette, Presidential Decree 442, May 1, 1974

RTVMalacanang, State of the Nation Address 2018, July 23, 2018

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