Sotto bats for 14th month pay in private sector

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Posted at Jul 03 2019 11:23 AM

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Senate President Vicente "Tito" Sotto III on Wednesday urged critics to consider his proposed law seeking 14th month pay for private sector employees.

"Hindi pa nila binabasa iyung batas, pinipintasan na nila. Sana pag-aralan muna nila kasi ina-address ng batas iyung sinasabi nilang problema ng ibang kumpanya. Maraming exceptions e," he told radio DZMM.

(They have not yet read the bill, but they're criticizing it. I wish they would study it first because it addresses the problems of some companies that they are pointing out. There are many exceptions.)

Under the bill, private workers will get their 14th month pay before Christmas and their 13th month pay around June to help pay for school fees, he said.

The proposed law exempts distressed companies, said Sotto.

The 14th month bonus will be equal to an employee's basic salary, excluding allowances, he said.

The Senate will also tackle proposals for "absolute divorce" and the revival of death penalty, he said.

Death penalty will have a bigger chance of getting passed if it covers only high-level drug traffickers, he said.

DZMM, July 3, 2019