PLDT says claim that ex­ec­u­tives own la­bor-con­tract­ing firms ‘base­less, fab­ri­cated’

Business World - - LABOR & MANAGEMENT - Cortez Gillian M.

PLDT, Inc. (PLDT) said com­ments at­trib­uted to the la­bor sec­re­tary re­gard­ing the telco’s ex­ec­u­tives own­ing a num­ber of laboronly con­tract­ing com­pa­nies are false and mis­lead­ing.

In a state­ment on Thurs­day, PLDT said “These al­le­ga­tions are base­less and fab­ri­cated.”

“La­bor and Em­ploy­ment Sec­re­tary Sil­vestre H. Bello III has been quoted by some news or­ga­ni­za­tions as say­ing that he has sought the help of the Se­cu­ri­ties and Ex­change Com­mis­sion ( SEC) and the Na­tional Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion ( NBI) to look into al­le­ga­tions that ‘ many’ of the 38 ser­vice con­trac­tors re­cently sanc­tioned by the De­part­ment of La­bor and Em­ploy­ment (DoLE) for en­gag­ing in la­bor-only con­tract­ing for PLDT are ei­ther owned or man­aged by ‘ high rank­ing’ of­fi­cials of PLDT,” PLDT said.

“The ser­vice con­trac­tors en­gaged by PLDT are bona fide cor­po­ra­tions prop­erly reg­is­tered with the DoLE and the SEC (Se­cu­ri­ties and Ex­change Com­mis­sion). They are le­git­i­mately pro­vid­ing ser­vices to many other com­pa­nies aside from PLDT. None of these is owned or man­aged by PLDT of­fi­cials,” PLDT said in its state­ment.

It added, “PLDT wel­comes an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into this al­le­ga­tion as the Com­pany has noth­ing to hide.”

The La­bor de­part­ment is­sued a clar­if­ca­tion that its or­der to PLDT to reg­u­lar­ize more than 7,000 em­ploy­ees is fi­nal and ex­ecu­tory.

Hast­ings Hold­ings, Inc. — a unit of PLDT Ben­e­fi­cial Trust Fund sub­sidiary Me­di­aQuest Hold­ings, Inc. — main­tains in­ter­est in Busi­ness­World through the Philip­pine Star Group which it con­trols. —

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