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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Lawmakers set to vote on death penalty bill

HOUSE Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez is confident that the death penalty bill will hurdle third and final reading at the House of Representatives this Tuesday.

In an ambush interview, Alvarez said he is expecting more than 200 votes in favor of the proposed revival of the death penalty measure.

Alvarez slammed Representative Edcel Lagman (Albay, 1st District) for his statement that the reading of the bill scheduled on Tuesday is a "violation of the 1987 Constitution."

"The third and final reading on the death penalty bill which the House leadership scheduled today or tomorrow is premature. It is not seasonable as it violates the three-day notice rule prescribed by Section 26(2) of Article VI of the Constitution," Lagman said in an earlier press conference.

Alvarez had said that House leaders who will oppose the death penalty bill will automatically be removed from their committee posts.

He said the replacements could be made as early as next week.

"'Pag natapos tayo sa botohan, doon natin malalaman. So far, yung mga lumapit sa akin ay in favor... Mahaba 'yung listahan. Maraming nagpalista na papalit," he added.

Meanwhile, Cebu Representative Gwendolyn Garcia is also expecting that House Bill 4727, which seeks to revive capital punishment for drug-related crimes, will move past the House of Representatives.

In a text message to Sun.Star, the lawmaker said the super majority supports the proposed measure.

"This is a priority measure of President [Rodrigo] Duterte's administration with the full support of Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez. And the super majority in the House of Representatives stands firmly behind the leadership of the President and the Speaker," she said. (SunStar Philippines)

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