Liberal Party (LP) senators are opposed to legislative proposals reimposing death penalty, Senate President Pro Tempore Franklin Drilon said Thursday.
“The LPs in the Senate will not vote in favor of the reimposition of death penalty. We are against the re-imposition of death penalty,” Drilon told reporters.
“Our less than ideal justice system can result in someone being executed when he was in fact innocent…Kapag nagkamali ka, hindi mo na pwedeng bawiin,” Drilon added.
Drilon further said that they are not convinced that the reimposition of death penalty will lead to a deterrence of crime.
Senator Leila de Lima, also a member of the LP, said she was against the death penalty whatever the offenses the proposed measures intend to cover.
“Whatever is the offense or the offenses covered, whether drug-related lang, cases of violations of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act, or other heinous crimes, I am against death penalty,” De Lima said.
Senators Paolo Benigno "Bam" Aquino IV, Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan, and Ralph Recto are also members of the LP, while Senator Risa Hontiveros is a close ally of the party.
There are at least seven legislative proposals seeking to reimpose death penalty filed before the Senate, three of which were filed by Senator Manny Pacquiao.
Pacquiao has already presented his position before the Senate justice and human rights committee during its first hearing on the proposals.
Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III was non-committal whether legislative proposals restoring the death penalty will pass at the upper house.
He said however that he was keeping an “open mind” about it in order to support President Rodrigo Duterte’s initiative, the proposal being a priority bill.
Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III, meanwhile, was positive that the death penalty proposals will pass.
He said plenary discussions will likely begin by February or March.
“Mapapasa pero matagagalan but I think there’s a very strong possibility that it will pass especially if it’s my proposal, which is only for high-level drug trafficking,” Sotto earlier said.
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