MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The House of Representatives passed on 3rd and final reading the bill that seeks the return of the death penalty on Tuesday, March 7.
A total of 217 lawmakers voted in favor of House Bill Number 4727, while 54 voted against it and 1 abstained. A total of 257 out of 293 congressmen were present in the voting.
The bill seeks to allow judges to punish perpetrators of certain drug-related crimes with either life imprisonment or death. The bill allows the execution to be done either through hanging, firing squad, or lethal injection.
The district and party-list representatives were called alphabetically to voice their votes. After the bill was approved, they were allowed to explain their votes during plenary.
Here is a list of House members and their votes:
Voted YES to HB 4727
Voted NO to Hb 4727
Abstained from voting
Ilocos Sur 2nd District Representative and Deputy Speaker Eric Singson did not vote because he was the presiding officer during the session.
After HB 4727’s approval on 3rd and final reading at the House, the measure will be transmitted to the Senate for another 3 readings. – Mara Cepeda/Rappler.com