With less than a year of office left, President Rodrigo Duterte is pushing for the enactment of the “anti-endo” bill that seeks to end contractualization.

Duterte’s spokesman Harry Roque said on Monday that the bill, which was one of Duterte’s campaign promises, remained an “administration bill” for five years.

“When I last talked to (Secretary Silvestre Bello III) and that was, I think, last week in Cagayan, he reiterated that the anti-endo bill continues to be an administration bill and it has also been certified as urgent by the president,” Roque said in a virtual presser.

“But we leave it to Congress because, unfortunately, no amount of certification can lead to an enactment of the law if the wisdom of Congress is otherwise. But we continue to appeal to Congress to pass this anti-endo law as the term of the president ends,” he added.

Also on Monday, Roque’s statement was contradicted by Bello, who said Duterte had yet to certify the bill as urgent.

“We are going to prepare a letter to the president to certify [as urgent] the anti-endo bill,” he said in a separate presser.

“Kasi ang status niyan, it’s now pending in the Senate. So para gumalaw ‘yan, we are going to request the president to certify this bill para once and for all ay matapos na itong issue of endo,” he added.

In 2019, Duterte vetoed the security of tenure bill that he earlier certified as urgent. John Ezekiel J. Hirro