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Senators back calls for debate on death penalty

More senators yesterday backed the various calls for an intensive debate on the proposals for the reimposition of the death penalty which the Senate is expected to take up immediately upon the opening of the 17th Congress.

Partido ng Demokratikong Pilipino-Laban (PDP-Laban) President and Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III is going to be the Senate President in the 17th Congress, Senate President Franklin Drilon yesterday said.

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Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile yesterday bid his colleagues farewell and asked for patience and understanding for those whom he had displeased throughout the years he exercised his mandate as a lawmaker.

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Senate President Franklin Drilon yesterday acceded to the possibility of Davao City Mayor and presumptive President Rodrigo Duterte pushing for his chosen Senate leader to lead the upper chamber in the 17th Congress.

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Senate President Franklin Drilon will likely remain the Senate leader in the 17th Congress if none of his colleagues posturing for the position gets a majority vote.

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The politically influential Iglesia ni Cristo religious sect yesterday endorsed the candidacies of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte and Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos Jr. for president and vice president.

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