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Vilma Santos explains ‘no’ vote on death penalty bill

BATANGAS Representative Vilma Santos-Recto revealed that she consulted her constituents in the sixth district of Batangas before voting against the reimposition of the death penalty.

Santos, who is among the 54 lawmakers who stood against House Bill 4727 that seeks to revive capital punishment for seven drug-related crimes, said she only echoed the voice of her people.

"Nag konsulta ako sa mga Lipeño. May mga bumoto rin doon na pabor sila, pero mas nakakarami yung nag pro-life, na 'no' to death penalty sila," she said in "Mismo," a radio program on dzMM.

The Star for All Seasons added that she opposed the measure as she is also pro-life.

"In my conscience nagpapahalaga ako sa buhay. Mapagmahal ako sa buhay. Importante ang buhay ng tao," she said.

The veteran actress-turned-politician added that she consulted the matter to her husband, Senator Ralph Rector, but the latter did not try to influence her vote.

Santos said when she stood last Tuesday to vote against the death penalty bill in the third and final reading at the House of Representatives, she was speaking on behalf of Lipeños.

"Ang pinahalagahan ko ay ang konsultasyon ko sa mga Lipeño and at the same time yung personal kong opinyon at prinsipyo when it comes to death penalty," she said.

Among those who voted against the death penalty bill were former President and now Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Cebu Representative Raul del Mar and Ilocos Norte Representative Imelda Marcos.

Arroyo abolished the capital punishment in 2006, when she was still president of the country, as it failed to deter crime.

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez filed the bill following President Rodrigo Duterte's campaign promise to restore capital punishment against heinous crimes.

A total of 217 lawmakers voted for the reimposition of the death penalty. (SunStar Philippines)
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