Duterte backtracks to veto short-term contract bill

NOEL CELIS / AFP

Rodrigo Duterte has vetoed a bill that would have ended the practice of hiring workers on short-term contracts.

Salvador Panelo, a spokesperson for the Philippine President, confirmed the decision on Friday.

It means that Duterte has gone back on a major campaign promise that helped him get elected.

Under Philippines law, employers can hire workers through contracts that run five months.

This allows them to to avoid a six-month rule which would then force companies to give their staff permanent job status in addition to benefits like healthcare.

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