The 3rd reading may give the reimposition of the death penalty the majority approval to bring the issue up to the senate – but do the people really believe that it stops crime rate from rising? If so, why is the government urged by enormous sentiments to save OFWs on death throw charged with heinous or drug-related crimes? Here are four different stances:
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Puwersa ng Bayaning Atleta Representative Jericho Nograles earlier said that he cannot support the death penalty. Nograles’ family supports the administration but they are also “pro-life. He ends up voting yes and clarifies in a statement that he initially said no to HB 4727 when it punishes perpetrators of 21 crimes with death automatically and not restricted to drug-related crimes as per the latest version.
Marikina 2nd District Representative Miro Quimbo is a member of the Liberal Party who also votes yes for the death penalty. Quimbo is the highest ranking LP official in the House as deputy speaker. He explains that when the majority bloc decided to remove the mandatory penalty of death, “the discretionary nature of the imposition got him to finally support it.
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Ilocos Norte 2nd District Representative Imelda Marcos voted no to the death penalty for drug convicts. Her husband, the late president Ferdinand E. Marcos allows the death penalty for 24 crimes during Martial Law. But even then, she is already against it as a very religious Roman Catholic.
Bataan 1st District Representative Geraldine Roman is an LP lawmaker who voted in favor of the death penalty. Roman is supposed to interpellate HB 4727’s sponsors together with like-minded lawmakers. In the end, she said yes to giving judges the option to punish drug convicts with either life imprisonment or death. Prior to voting, she consults her constituents and most of them are pro-death penalty. She said, she has to continue her other advocacies as supported by her people.