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Party-lister aims at presidency

A party-list lawmaker on Thursday declared his intention to join the 2016 presidential race, promoting himself as champion of the country’s contractual workers.

At a news conference, OFW Family party-list Rep. Roy Señeres announced  his decision to run for President following a manifesto signed by a group of contractual workers nationwide.

Señeres said he will run under the Partido ng Manggagawa at Magsasaka. He added he also has his running mate and has already a complete senatorial lineup.

But the names will be announced soon, he said.

Señeres said none of the presidentiables have espoused the issue of contractualization which has plagued millions of workers in the country.

“Hundreds of businesses in this country big and small lay off their workers every 3 or 5 months by means of employment contracts which have been condemned by the Supreme Court as unconstitutional, unlawful, pernicious, deceitful and a mockery of the law,” Señeres told reporters at a news conference.  

“Even the government which is supposed to enforce the security of tenure clause of the Constitution openly violates it through the system of hiring known as job order employment whereby government workers may be terminated at will by politicians,” Señeres added.

Should he become President, Señeres said he would issue on day one of his presidency an Executive Order directing all employers, especially the giant shopping malls which are owned by business tycoons to comply with the law, otherwise the new government shall be penalized with fines and or imprisonment up to maximum of three years.

“Their compliance with the law will not make them bankrupt.    It will only moderate their greed,” Señeres said.

“Consequently, all employers shall be prohibited to terminate their workers every five months until they retire the age of 65. Only an EO will suffice because there is no need of a new legislation against contractualization considering that all the laws and jurisprudence against it are already in place. They are not being enforced obviously due to the corrupt connivance between unscrupulous employers and their cohorts in government,” Señeres added.


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