Misleading

A video on Facebook misleadingly claims employees were regularized after three months only under the late dictator Ferdinand E. Marcos’ rule. The law providing this remains in force and only applies to a certain type of employee: learners.

The video posted Jan. 10 by Facebook page BBM SARA Malakas shows a person-on-the-street interview with a self-proclaimed Marcos supporter. At the 2:57 mark, the interviewer asks if workers were regularized after only three months under Marcos’ rule.

The Labor Code of the Philippines, which went into effect in 1974 during the martial law era, remains in force.

According to Article 73, which defines learners, learnerships should not exceed three months:

All learners who have been allowed or suffered to work during the first two (2) months shall be deemed regular employees if training is terminated by the employer before the end of the stipulated period through no fault of the learners.

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