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Philippine business groups demand Duterte veto contract labor bill

Employers say the bill risks sending country back to the dark ages

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who once described himself as a left-leaning socialist, has been promoting workers welfare since his 2016 election.

MANILA -- Local and foreign business groups in the Philippines have asked President Rodrigo Duterte to veto a controversial bill that would make it harder to hire contract workers, which employers fear could jack up overhead costs.

The Makati Business Club, the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry as well as business chambers from U.S., the EU, Canada, Japan, South Korea and Australia wrote to Duterte this week asking him to "help prevent the 'Security of Tenure Bill and End to Endo' from becoming a law."

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