Death Penalty passes the House’s 2nd reading on Ash Wednesday but many are puzzled why lawmakers remove rape from crimes covered under the bill. Plunder, and treason are acceptable because the option to pay can benefit Filipinos. Currently, many information on horrible rape cases are online. The families of rape victims hope that the rapists’ punishment is death penalty – but to their dismay.
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[VIDEO]: Congressmen gave their nod to House Bill Number 4727 on the same day the Philippines, a predominantly Catholic country, commemorated the start of the Lenten Season on Ash Wednesday. Mara Cepeda reports:
Ready for 3rd Reading
Lawmakers approve amendments to House Bill or HB Number 4727, which seeks to reimpose the death penalty for drug-related crimes. ince the 2nd reading pushes through, HB 4727 is ready to go through the 3rd and final reading approval before the House passes the measure to the Senate.
Drug Offenses Covered
- Importation of dangerous drugs
- Sale, trading, administration, dispensation, delivery, distribution, and transportation of dangerous drugs
- Maintenance of a drug den, dive, or resort
- Manufacture of dangerous drugs
- Cultivation or culture of plants classified as dangerous drugs
- Unlawful prescription of dangerous drugs
- Criminal liability of a public officer or employee for misappropriation, misapplication, or failure to account for the confiscated, seized and/or surrendered dangerous drugs, plant sources of dangerous drugs, controlled precursors and essential chemicals, instruments/paraphernalia
- Criminal liability for planting evidence concerning illegal drugs
Reason to Remove Plunder
Bill principal co-author and Deputy Speaker Fredenil Castro reasons that when he and Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez wrote their version of the bill, plunder is included, along with 20 other crimes like rape. “But there is a concession that if they are going to remove some crimes, they might as well remove the rest and leave the crime related to drugs only. That way, they can expedite the approval in support of the President’s war on drugs. Nothing is wrong with that,” defends Castro.
CBCP and Critics
The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines or CBCP denounces the House’s move to restore capital punishment in the country. It presses that “no person is beyond redemption.” Lawmakers from the ppposition accuse the House leadership of tastracking the passage of HB 4727 just because it is a legislative priority of the President who is on friendly terms with Bongbong Marcos.