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House to pass death penalty bill on 2nd reading on Ash Wednesday

Mar 01, 2017 - 10:16 AM

There is nothing wrong with striking out plunder under the bill since lawmakers may include the crime in future amendments to the law says Deputy Speaker Fredenil Castro

APPROVAL SOON. The House terminated the debate on the death penalty measure after only 7 session days. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Capital punishment in PH jeopardizes OFWs on death row – Bag-ao

Feb 23, 2017 - 11:35 AM

Dinagat Islands Representative Kaka Bag ao tells congressmen Ang pagboto po natin ng yes sa death penalty ay katumbas sa pagdiin sa kanila sa kamatayan

ANTI-DEATH PENALTY. Dinagat Islands Representative Kaka Bag-ao says the death penalty bill is detrimental to OFWs on death row as well to poor Filipinos. Screengrab from congress.gov.ph

House ends death penalty debate after 7 session days

Feb 22, 2017 - 9:11 PM

Congressmen also approve the amendments to only list 10 crimes under the bill remove the mandatory penalty of death and to add safeguard measures for the accused

ADJOURNED. The House of Representatives ends the death penalty debate on February 22. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Fariñas: No executions under Duterte 'possible'

Feb 22, 2017 - 1:01 PM

Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas says congressmen will let judges decide which mode of execution to use – by lethal injection hanging or firing squad – if the death penalty bill becomes law

NOT IMMEDIATE? Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas says it is possible no executions will happen under the Duterte administration. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Villarin: PH to lose $12.8B in EU trade if death penalty returns

Feb 21, 2017 - 8:37 PM

Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin says one of the considerations for countries to continue having tariff free trading with the European Union is the non imposition of the death penalty

ANTI-DEATH PENALTY. Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin is one of the lawmakers opposing the return of the capital punishment. Screengrab from congress.gov.ph

House debate on death penalty bill ends Feb 28

Feb 20, 2017 - 6:30 PM

The majority in the House moves the deadline a week earlier after the minority bloc kept bringing up the question of quorum every time a lawmaker speaks

SHORTER TIME. The House majority bloc agrees to shorten the time allotted for the death penalty debate. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Lagman: Anti-death penalty lawmakers 'not beholden' to Fariñas

Feb 16, 2017 - 7:55 PM

Representative Edcel Lagman slams the pro death penalty congressmen saying they get annoyed when the House rules are used against them in the death penalty debate

ANTI-DEATH PENALTY. Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman is among the lawmakers opposing the return of the capital punishment in the country. Photo by Rappler

Fariñas: Death penalty debate ends when majority bloc says so

Feb 15, 2017 - 9:55 PM

The House Majority Leader issues the warning after anti death penalty lawmakers again insisted on meeting the attendance requirement during the debate

WARNING. Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas issues a warning anew against the opposers of the death penalty bill. Screengrab from congress.gov.ph

Umali: Data 'not necessary' to prove need for death penalty

Feb 15, 2017 - 8:55 PM

Representative Lawrence Fortun tells Representative Reynaldo Umali that crime incidence has gone down over the years but the latter believes data is immaterial to debates on the death penalty

THE SPONSOR. House justice committee chairperson Reynaldo Umali defends the death penalty measure on February 15. Screengrab from congress.gov.ph

'Sporadic, sensational' crimes do not justify death penalty – lawmaker

Feb 14, 2017 - 8:00 PM

Siquijor Representative Ramon Rocamora argues that making the criminal justice system competent is the proper solution to address criminality

'NOT COMPELLING ENOUGH.' Siquijor Representative Ramon Rocamora, former prosecutor, argues against the death penalty bill. Screengrab from congress.gov.ph

Alvarez clarifies: Plunder still in current version of death penalty bill

Feb 14, 2017 - 12:30 PM

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says there are more reasons now for plunder to remain listed under the controversial death penalty measure

PRO-DEATH PENALTY. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez wants the death penalty bill passed on 3rd and final reading by March. File photo by Rappler

Alvarez on death penalty: Inefficient justice system not Congress' problem

Feb 13, 2017 - 3:15 PM

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says problems in the judiciary should not prevent lawmakers from doing their job

Alvarez wants House to pass death penalty bill mid-March

Feb 09, 2017 - 10:27 AM

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says he does not care if the Senate is not poised to pass the death penalty measure as his only concern is the bill s passage in the House

FAST DEBATE. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez wants the House to pass the death penalty measure before Congress takes a break in March. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Lagman on death penalty bill: Vengeance is not justice

Feb 08, 2017 - 9:21 PM

Representatives Edcel Lagman and Raul del Mar debate against the reimposition of the death penalty at the House plenary

ANTI-DEATH PENALTY. Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman lists 15 arguments against the reimposition of the death penalty. Screengrab from congress.gov.ph

Congressmen begin debate on return of death penalty

Feb 01, 2017 - 4:21 PM

UPDATED Starting January 31 at least 50 lawmakers are expected to go head to head with administration allies to oppose the revival of the capital punishment for heinous crimes

PRO OR ANTI? The House of Representatives begins its plenary debates on the death penalty bill on January 31.

How lawmakers will argue vs death penalty bill

Jan 31, 2017 - 3:47 PM

Opposition lawmaker Edcel Lagman says the Philippines must first address much delayed reforms in the police and justice systems before reviving the death penalty

ANTI-DEATH PENALTY. Opposition lawmakers Emmanuel Billones, Raul Daza, Edcel Lagman, and Teddy Baguilat Jr are all opposing the revival of the capital punishment. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

An eye for an eye: Can the death penalty bring justice to victims?

Jan 29, 2017 - 10:30 AM

Hannah was only 5 when a close relative raped her Years later she still does not wish the death penalty on her tormentor Only God she says can take away life

THE VICTIM. Hannah* cries as she recalled about her sexual assault as a child. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Alvarez ‘very confident’ House will pass death penalty bill

Jan 17, 2017 - 4:13 PM

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says the House leadership will not resort to arm twisting to get congressmen to support the proposed reimposition of capital punishment in the country

'VERY CONFIDENT.' Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez smiles after holding a press conference on January 17. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Alvarez expects ‘passionate’ debates on controversial House bills

Jan 16, 2017 - 6:32 PM

The Speaker enumerates President Rodrigo Duterte s 4 priority bills among them the reimposition of the death penalty

EXPECT DEBATES. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez delivers his New Year's message at the reopening of the 17th Congress' session on January 16. Screengrab from congress.gov.ph