Sotto : Senate could narrowly pass death penalty bill

Sotto : Senate could narrowly pass death penalty bill




The reimposition of the death penalty just might breeze through the Senate.
Senate President Vicente Sotto III in his words said that the Senate could narrowly pass the death penalty bill in a "squeaker" vote.

In a radio interview, Senate President Sotto said at least 13 senators may support the proposed restoration of the death penalty for high-level drug trafficking and plunder, as suggested by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte.

Senate President Vicente Sotto III (photo credit to owner)

"Palagay ko squeaker pero kaya. Kung baga sa mga 13-14, kaya natin. Kung high-level drug trafficking lang (I think it could be a squeaker but it's still possible. Probably, with around 13 to 14 (senators), it can be done. If it only covers high-level drug trafficking)," Sotto said.
"Syempre, kung ipapasok ang plunder at hindi naman magandang umayaw kami doon, kasama na rin sa squeaker yan, mga 13-14, baka kayanin sa Senado (If we were to include plunder--and it would not be good for us to reject such proposal--it could also be a squeaker. With around 13-14 (votes), it could be passed in the Senate)," Sotto added.
Duterte renewed his request to reimpose death penalty for heinous crimes related to drugs and plunder, since he admits the war against illegal drugs still has “a long way to go.”

“I respectfully request Congress to reinstate the death penalty for heinous crimes related to drugs, as well as plunder,” Duterte said in his fourth State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday.
“I am aware that we still have a long way to go in our fight against this social menace. Let the reason why I advocate the imposition of the death penalty for crimes related to illegal drugs,” he added.

Death Penalty in the PH (timeline)


1993 – under Republic Act 7659 capital punishment was restored during;
          the     presidency of Fidel V. Ramos.


1996 - Republic Act 8177 was passed, prescribing the use of lethal
          injection as the method of carrying out capital punishment.


2006 - Under the administration of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo she signed
              Republic Act 9346, which abolished the death penalty and
              downgraded the maximum penalty for crimes to reclusion perpetua
              (imprisonment of up to 40 years) and life imprisonment.

2016 – present, President Duterte has pushed for its reinstatement since
          the start of the presidential campaign and was also mentioned in 
          the 2017 SONA. His to allies in the Senate, Senators          

              Bong Go and Ronald Dela Rosa has made it public that they will
              push for its reimposition.



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