Who decides who lives? Lawmakers explain death penalty votes
MANILA, Philippines – It took the House of Representatives 8 months to pass on 3rd and final reading the bill reimposing the death penalty.
House Bill 4727 – which seeks to give judges the option to punish with life imprisonment or death 7 drug offenses – got 217 congressmen voting yes, 54 voting no, and only 1 absention on Tuesday, March 7.
The House leadership gave lawmakers 3 minutes each to explain their vote, if they wished.
Below are links to the full text of some speeches:
YES to HB 4727
NO to HB 4727
- Alejano, Gary (Magdalo)
- Atienza, Lito (Buhay)
- Bag-ao, Kaka (Dinagat Islands)
- Baguilat, Teddy Jr (Ifugao)
- Belmonte, Jose Christopher (Quezon City 6th District)
- Brosas, Arlene (Gabriela Women's Party)
- Casilao, Ariel (Anakpawis)
- Castro, France (ACT Teachers)
- Lagman, Edcel (Albay 1st District)
- Rocamora, Ramon (Siquijor)
- Roque, Harry (Kabayan)
- Turabin-Hataman, Sitti (Anak Mindanao)
- Villarin, Tom (Akbayan)
- Zarate, Carlos (Bayan Muna)
The measure will be transmitted to the Senate for another 3 readings. It is expected to be challenged in the upper chamber, with Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III saying the vote could go either way. (READ: Pimentel on death penalty: 'Close fight' in the Senate) – Mara Cepeda/Rappler.com