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Congress oks death penalty bill

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On its third and final reading in Congress, 216 lawmakers voted in favor of House Bill 4727, reinstating the death penalty in the country.

Meanwhile, 54 congressmen voted against the said bill and only one abstain from the said process.

Each lawmaker was asked to cast its vote, whether they were for or against the death penalty.

The latest version of the death penalty bill is only focused on crimes related to illegal drugs.

However, the Liberal party immediately issued a statement on the said news.  LP remains firm on its stand against the death penalty.

According to Senate minority leader Francis Pangilinan, the Liberal Party will not be swayed by intimation nor would they be pressured to vote in favor of the said bill, once they start discussing it in the Senate.

Senator Panfilo Lacson shares the same sentiment, stating that the discussion on the death penalty bill will be bloody once it reaches the Senate.

According to Lacson, the passage of the said bill seems impossible because it would be difficult to get the needed numbers from the senators, regardless of what version they will present.

To have the bill approved, they need 13 votes.

Lacson clarified though that he is open to the version of the lower house to limit the death penalty to illegal drugs-related crimes only.

But he insisted that other heinous crimes like Rape, murder of a nine year old kid and plunder, should also be covered by the said bill.

Aside from Lacson, Senators’ Tito Sotto, Sherwin Gatchalian, JV Ejercito and Manny PAcquiao have their own versions of the death penalty bill too.

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