House of Representatives Passes Death Penalty Bill on Second Reading

During the second reading, the House of Representatives gives the death penalty bill a go signal, making it a step closer to passing as a law.

According to news reports, the House of Representatives early on Wednesday, during the second reading, has eventually approved the death penalty bill, bringing it closer to passing despite the oppositions.

Apparently, the whole process is moving so fast that it actually took only 30 seconds from the closure of the time of amendments to the passage during the second reading.

Unfortunately for the congressmen who aren’t in favor of the death penalty of the bill, they failed to oppose the proposed measure despite their effort to veto the same as the session was immediately adjourned following its approval according to news reports.

One of the bill’s sponsors, Justice Committee Chair, Rey Umali, is quite confident that even if anti-death penalty lawmakers succeeded in moving for nominal voting, they would still not be able to gather enough support for the motion to succeed.

Umali further noted that the passage of the proposed law was not forced. He claimed that critics of the said bill were in fact allowed to propose amendments. However, the same were all repetitions of previous arguments back in the period of debates.

He further claimed that opposing lawmakers were only implementing delaying tactics. Thus, the House leadership decided to close the time of amendments and place the bill to a vote.

Meanwhile, opponents of the bill are not yet giving in as Albay Representative, Edcel Lagman claimed that they would use all parliamentary means to prevent a third reading. Also, Representative Lito Atienza reiterated that once the bill has been approved on the third and final reading, they would question all of its procedures which he called illegals.

Next Wednesday, the bill entitled as HB4727 will be put on the third and final reading. As mandated by the rules of law, the voting on the third reading shall be done via nominal reading wherein in each lawmakers will be called to defend or explain their vote.

The proposed law would revive death penalty but only for drug-related crimes, except for simple possession of illegal drugs.

Aizelle Joe