House sets plenary debates on reviving death penalty
The House of Representatives (HOR) will jumpstart plenary debates on the bill seeking to reimpose death penalty on illegal drugs and heinous crimes when Congress resumes its sessions next week.
Deputy Speaker and Cadiz Rep. Fredenil Castro said the Lower Chamber will prioritize the passage of the measure, heavily opposed by the Catholic Church hierarchy.
Castro, one of the principal authors of the bill, will defend the measure in the plenary.
“The purpose of this bill is to protect life,” he said, anticipating long and intense plenary debates on the controversial proposal.
Voting 12-6 with one abstention, the House Committee on Justice approved on Dec. 7, 2016 the com- mittee report on the substitute bill seeking to reimpose death penalty on illegal drugs and heinous crimes.
Castro said he is “ready at all time” to defend the House leadership-backed bill.
The bill seeking the reimposition of the death penalty is a priority bill of President Duterte but he has not coerced the lawmakers into passing it, Malacañang said yesterday.
“The revival of death penalty is a campaign promise of President Duterte and part of the priority legislative measure of his administration,” said Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar, adding that the President respects the independence of Congress and counts on its wisdom on the passage of the measure.