Vice President Leni Robredo challenges lawmakers over their stand on the death penalty re-imposition. Either they stand firmly on their principles and what they believe in or go with the flow to retain their position? She reacts when Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez announces his plan to replace deputy speakers including former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and committee chairpersons who reject the death penalty bill.
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[VIDEO]: Vice President Leni Robredo urges members of the House of Representatives to stand by their principles. She said that expressing their stand on the death penalty bill will be a defining moment for them as leaders.
Position or Principle?
Alvarez explains that it is awkward for deputy speakers and lawmakers who hold committee chairmanships if they do not agree with the President’s priority measure. He stresses that former president and now Pampanga 2nd District Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo must be replaced because she is against the death penalty bill. Arroyo is one of the deputy speakers of the Lower House. Capital punishment is abolished for the second time in 2006 under the Arroyo administration.
Death Penalty Debate in Congress
The debates on the death penalty bill already started last week. Alvarez wants congressmen to pass the bill by mid-March. That means they would debate on it only for a little over a month. Alvarez met with congressmen of the ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) to inform them that the party is unified on the voting for the said measure.
Robredo said that consensus among their members is needed to see if they are divided. As a human rights lawyer, she is vocal on her stand to oppose the death penalty. Opposition lawmakers from the LP also disclose previously that most of their party members are against the death penalty.
Meanwhile, in the Senate, lawmakers are keen to kill the death penalty proposal. So, meaning to say that even if the bill passes the congress, it cannot be made into a law if the majority of the senators will vote against it.