Good afternoon, Rappler readers!
On Labor Day, President Rodrigo Duterte signed an executive order that prohibits illegal contracting and sub-contracting. But during his speech on Tuesday, May 1, the President reiterated that an EO would "not be enough" and that Congress should pass pending security of tenure bills.
In other news, latest government figures showed that there were 2,185,000 unemployed Filipinos in 2017 – 145,000 more than the 2,040,000 figure in 2017.
Meanwhile, 10 journalists were among dozens killed in attacks across Afghanistan on Monday, April 30 – the deadliest day for the country's media since 2001.
Here are today's top stories.
Duterte signs executive order on endo
The EO prohibits any contracting or subcontracting arrangement "undertaken to circumvent the workers' right to security of tenure, self-organization, collective bargaining and peaceful concerted activities."
Unemployment rises under Duterte's watch
According to the Philippine Statistics Authority, there are still more Filipino men that do not have jobs than women. Around 1.4 million of the unemployed are males while 783,000 are females.
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What gov't key witness says about alleged Lim-Espinosa-Co drug network
Marcelo Adorco's 4th affidavit is said to clarify all inconsistencies earlier spotted by the first Department of Justice panel. It was because of these inconsistencies that the first panel cleared alleged Visayan drug lords Peter Lim and Kerwin Espinosa of charges.
Leave Kuwait? Domestic helpers willing, but not the skilled workers
Poor working conditions, along with recent cases of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) abuse, are behind Duterte's decision to ban the deployment of Filipino workers to the Gulf country, and to eventually urge OFWs there to come home.
10 journalists among dozens killed in Afghan attacks
The attacks highlight the dangers journalists face in the war-torn country, where violence is increasing as the resurgent Taliban step up their campaign while the Islamic State group makes inroads.
Twitter also sold data to Cambridge Analytica-linked researcher
In 2015, Twitter sold one-day access to Cambridge Analytica-linked researcher Aleksandr Kogan's company, Global Science Research, to a data set comprised of a random sample of public tweets from December 2014 to April 2015.