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House to start debates on death penalty

The House of Representatives will jumpstart plenary debates on the bill seeking to reimpose the death penalty on illegal drugs and heinous crimes when Congress resumes its sessions next week.

House Deputy Speaker and Cadiz Rep. Fredenil Castro said the House will prioritize the passage of the measure heavily opposed by the Catholic Church hierarchy.

Castro, one of the principal authors of the bill, will defend the measure in the plenary.

“The purpose of this bill is to protect life,” he said, anticipating long and intense plenary debates on the controversial proposal.

Voting 12-6 with one abstention, the House Committee on Justice approved last December the committee report on the substitute bill seeking to reimpose the death penalty on illegal drugs and heinous crimes.

Castro said he is “ready at all time” to defend the bill backed by the House leadership. “I am anticipating a long arduous hours of debate but I welcome it so that no issues are left untouched,” he said.

“It is advisable that every stage of the proceeding be covered by television, radio, and print media so that our people will understand the necessity, propriety, and wisdom of the bill,” Castro said.

Castro said the bill could be passed on third and final reading “on or before the end of February.”

“If the debate is protracted, I am not confident that it could be passed on third and final reading this January.

Perhaps, on or before the end of February 2017 considering the other equally important measures that has to be acted upon by the House,” he said. (CHARISSA M. LUCI)

  • babart-gay

    ibigay na dapt ang DP hindi na kailangan pang patagalin para tuluyan ng magkaroon ng kathimikan ang pilipinas

  • Rox{rey}

    dapt maaprubhan na tlaga ng tuluyan ang DP para naman maging matino na ang mga tao!

  • toni Lorenz

    ang DP ngsisilbi itong deterrent law para makapamukaw sa bansa natin na matakot na ang mga tao na gumagawa ng krimen!

  • low wendy

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

  • Angie

    pra sa kaayusan ng bnsa malaking tulong ang DP

  • Zyrill Olimpo

    sana maipatupad na yang death penalty! dumarami ang krimen habang pinatatagal ang pagbabalik nyan..

  • Kean Perez

    ibalik ang bitay,ngayon na! malaking tulong din yan sa mga biktima ng karumaldumal na krimen. lalo na ngayon na dumarame na nman ang rape!

  • mario

    Dapat talaga yan ang iprayoridad kasi naman marami na ang mga kriminal dito sa bansa!

  • buche

    Magiging maayos ang Pilipinas kapag mayroon nang Death Penalty!

  • bubuy

    ibalik na sana ang death penalty. Panigurado kokonti ang mga krimen na nangyayare dito sa bansa!

  • marco

    isulong na ang death penalty! para sa ikagaganda ng ating bansa!

  • prince

    dapat maipasa na agad yan! mas magiging safe ang ating bansa kapag naibalik na ang death penalty!