Who decides who lives? Lawmakers explain death penalty votes


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Who decides who lives? Lawmakers explain death penalty votes
Here are links to the speeches of 14 congressmen and women who voted "no" and 3 who voted "yes" to House Bill 4727

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

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


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