Manila Bulletin

La Union solon backs death penalty bill

- By ERWIN BELEO

SAN FER­NANDO CITY, La Union – La Union 1st Dis­trict Rep. Pablo C. Ortega re­cently said that the ju­di­ciary will play a key role once the death penalty is re­stored.

“Judges should study care­fully that those who will be charged with heinous crimes will be in­ves­ti­gated prop­erly. They should study well if the ac­cused de­serves the death penalty,” Ortega said.

Ortega, a mem­ber of the ma­jor­ity bloc, said he is in fa­vor of the death penalty as long as it will be im­ple­mented and amended prop­erly.

“I am for the death penalty but there are some amend­ments that will be made to en­sure that only those who de­serve to be meted with death sen­tence will be pun­ished,” he said.

Ortega said that ma­jor­ity of the Con­gress­men in the rul­ing coali­tion are in fa­vor of the death penalty, pro­vided some amend­ments are made.

“We con­ducted a ma­jor­ity cau­cus to hear the dif­fer­ent views of the Con­gress­men and what their pro­pos­als are for amend­ments so that the bill will be im­ple­mented prop­erly,” Ortega said.

Ortega dis­counted the pro­nounce­ment of Speaker Pan­ta­leon Al­varez that mem­bers of the ma­jor­ity who are against the death penalty bill would be ousted from the coali­tion.

“That’s not true. The speaker just wants clar­i­fi­ca­tion from op­pos­ing mem­bers for their pro­pos­als for amend­ments,” he said.

Al­varez, a staunch ally of Pres­i­dent Duterte, is de­ter­mined to have the bill passed on 3rd and fi­nal read­ing be­fore the 17th Congress takes a break on March 18.

Ortega said he is not in fa­vor of the in­clu­sion of plun­der in the death penalty be­cause it is some­times be­ing made as rea­son for po­lit­i­cal re­venge.

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