MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Mimicking the phrase, “Never Again,” Vice President Leni Robredo is calling for the abolition of the 13th month pay for Filipino employees.
Robredo made the call during her speech commemorating the anniversary of the imposition of Martial Law by then President Ferdinand E. Marcos.
’We need to erase everything that reminds us of the dictatorial regime of Marcos,” Robredo said, “including the 13th month pay.”
The 13th month pay was the idea of Marcos, when he issued Presidential Decree No. 851, mandating the additional compensation of Filipino workers.
”I call upon the members of Congress, especially my Yellow colleagues in the Senate, to immediately pass a bill voiding Presidential Decree No. 851 issued by Marcos in 1976,” Robredo said.
Robredo’s proposal drew thunderous applause from members of her yellow audience.
Expect Senator Bam Aquino to file the appropriate Bill in the Senate ASAP.