DOLE withdraws ABS-CBN labor violation clearance


MANILA, Philippines – The battle has become tougher for the comeback of ABS-CBN Corporation.This is after the labor department withdraws prior clearance.

Previously, the department cleared the ABS-CBN for alleged employment law violation. The Department of Labor and Employment said that they “found violations of laws and standard.”

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However, DOLE noted that ABS-CBN “took steps to correct these violations.”

Throughout history, ABS-CBN shares a similar case with other companies. In principle, DOLE called out businesses for violations. The agency later granted them due process to correct such.

Such violation corrections are common under the Duterte administration. With its push for anti-contractualization, they also ran after companies like Jollibee Food Corporation and PLDT.

“The labor department denounces attempts by lawyers and officials of ABS-CBN to misrepresent its position to deceive members of the House of Representatives in its bid to gain congressional approval for a new franchise,” DOLE said.

DOLE relinquishes backing for ABS-CBN

The labor department also noted the reason behind their sudden retreat from previous position.

“We also take strong exceptions to claims that the department has found ABS-CBN compliant with labor laws and standards, and that we approve of the seasonal work status for the broadcast firm’s program employees,” they said.

These remarks came after lawmakers grilled the department. Solons eventually focused on alleged labor violations of the company. These cases would hinder them from securing another 25-year broadcast permit.

The agency went as far as citing the 67 cases that are against the network. The National Labor Relations Commission and various courts have yet to come up with a verdict on those.

In principle, the network is still not ‘guilty beyond reasonable doubt.’

“It is therefore patently misleading to attribute to us the claim that ABS CBN is a compliant company,” DOLE said.

Last February, ABS-CBN executive Mark Nepomuceno shared that the department has given them certification of “full compliance.” DOLE Undersecretary Ana Dione backed this in the June 29 session.