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House panel OKs death penalty bill

Amid the presence of nuns and human rights advocates, the House Committee on Justice yesterday approved the committee report on the substitute bill seeking to re-impose the death penalty for illegal drugs and heinous crimes.

Voting 12-6 with one abstention, the panel, chaired by Oriental Mindoro Rep. Reynaldo Umali, is expected to endorse the measure for plenary debates. House Speaker Pantaleon D. Alvarez, principal author of the bill, wants to approve the measure on third and final reading before Congress goes on a Christmas break.

House Deputy Speaker and Cebu Rep. Gwendolyn Garcia moved for the approval of the committee report after the panel decided to pass the two-page sub-committee report No. 2 on the substitute bill to House Bills 1, 16, 513, 3237, 3239, and 3240.

The substitute bill seeks to reinstate death penalty for heinous crimes listed under Republic Act 7659, including murder, plunder, rape, kidnapping and serious illegal detention, sale, use, and possession of illegal drugs, and carnapping with homicide.

Among those who voted against the approval of the committee report were Dinagat Islands Rep. Kaka Bag-ao, Bayan Muna party-list Rep. Carlos Isagani Zarate, Siquijor Rep. Ramon Rocamora, Quezon City Rep. Christopher “Kit” Belmonte, and Agusan del Norte Rep. Lawrence Lemuel Fortun.

House Deputy Minority Leader and Coop-Natcco partylist Rep. Anthony Bravo abstained from voting.

Bag-ao sought an exhaustive and comprehensive scrutiny of the substitute bill in a move to block the passage of the committee report.

“I move for the review of the substitute bill line by line and page by page,” she said, but House Majority Leader and Ilocos Norte Rep. Rodolfo Farinas and Garcia were quick to oppose her motion.

“It will take much time and it will be the function of the floor, so I object,” Farinas said. (Charissa M. Luci)

comments
  • babart-gay

    DApt mas ipaaga ang pagpasa niyan na bill na yan para naman mwala na ang krimen dito sa bansa

    • Rox{rey}

      tama isulong ang DP para sa magandang pagbabago sa bansa natin

      • toni Lorenz

        naman dapt tlaga para sa kaayusan ng laht

  • same

    sna matapos na agad yan na DP para nman masimulan na ngayon lalo na padami na padami ang mga krimen na nangyayari

    • lex

      oo nga para tuluyan ng matakot ang mga wlang hiya na yan

      • mike

        hindi ang DP ang kasugatan sa karahasan na nangyayari dito saating bansa

  • analisa

    ipatupad na ang death penalty sa lalong madaling panahon.

  • aRiEL

    para sa seguridad ng bawat isa,dapat lang na ibalik ang death penalty.

  • low wendy

    ang DP isang malaking balakit at pasakit sa pilipinas kaya dapt na hindi na yan ipatupad!

  • Angie

    ang DP lang naman ang tlagang solusyon sa kaguluhan dito sa bansa!

  • kevin–kevz

    pra sa kaayusan ng bnsa malaking tulong ang DP

  • gigi leny

    sang ayon kmi sa pagbabalik ng death penalty dito sa ating bansa!

    • glenn robio

      hindi yan matutuloy dahil msama ang pumatay.

      • kier Luis

        so pano yung mga biktima nila?asan ang hustisya dun?mg isip ka nga!

  • rOn_NiE

    dapat ang mga krimenal ang matakot sa pag gawa ng krimen hindi tayo ang matakot sknila.

  • jhayjhay

    hindi nman yan ang paraan para masugpo ang karahasan dito saating bansa

    • aubrey

      bakit ano ang naiisip mong paraan

      • joyce

        tma ka dyan dpat sya na lang ang mag isip