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Go, Dela Rosa to file bill reviving death penalty

 

FOUR newly-elected senators attended an orientation seminar at the Senate yesterday to familiarize themselves with the institution’s organizational structure. Photo shows (from left) Ronald ‘Bato’ dela Rosa, Christopher Lawrence ‘Bong’ Go, Senate secretary Myra Marie Villarica and Francis Tolentino. (PRIB photo)

FOUR newly-elected senators attended an orientation seminar at the Senate Tuesday to familiarize themselves with the institution’s organizational structure. Photo shows (from left) Ronald ‘Bato’ dela Rosa, Christopher Lawrence ‘Bong’ Go, Senate secretary Myra Marie Villarica and Francis Tolentino. (PRIB photo)

Two senators-elect agreed yes­terday to file a bill seeking to re­store the death penalty.

After attending a briefing/orien­tation for newly-elected senators by the Senate leadership at the Senate building for their legislative roles in the coming 18th Congress. Senator-elect Christopher Law­rence ‘’Bong’’ Go told Senate re­porters said he is considering to file a bill seeking to amend Republic Act 9346 that bans the imposition of death penalty.

The bill that he would file, ac­cording to Go, would return the death penalty only on selected hei­nous crimes such as illegal drugs and corruption.

Senator-elect Roland dela Rosa, a former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, said he would also file a bill seeking to return the imposi­tion of the death penalty on illegal crimes involving drug trafficking.

“Tandem kami,’’ both lawmakers said.

The definition of drug traffick­ing, according to Dela Rosa, in­volves possession of a minimum of one kilo of  “shabu’’ (crystal meth) “and does not include small-time street level drug distribution whose penalty is dependent on current laws.’’

In the coming 18th Congress, Dela Rosa will take over the chair­manship of the Senate public order and dangerous drugs committee which Senator Panfilo Lacson will­ingly relinquished to a fellow Phil­ippine Military Academy (PMA) graduate.

Asked if he would inhibit him­self as committee chairman during committee hearings, particularly on issues related to illegal drugs, Dela Rosa said he would not because he and the nation want to see or hear the truth.

The illegal drugs issue hounds President Duterte and the PNP leadership, particularly on the al­leged extra-judicial killings (EJK).

Go, who identified himself as senator and adviser of the Presi­dent, said his marching orders from the President ‘’to do what is right and to protect the Filipino people.’’

Senate President Vicente C. Sotto III had favored the imposi­tion of death penalty on high-level illegal drugs operations.

Boxing icon Senator Emmanuel Pacquiao has been pushing for congressional approval of his bill seeking the restoration of death penalty on heinous crimes. (Mario Casayuran)

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