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The Reimposition of the Death Penalty Might Not Thrive in the Senate

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon thinks that death penalty with cannot thrive in the senate because of cross-party opposition. “It’s not simply because of the LP or Liberal Party. Individually or collectively, the senators believe that we should not impose the death penalty. Seven from the majority coalition and six from the minority are against its reimposition,” Drilon discloses.

Youtube video by; Elena Grace Flores
[VIDEO]: Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon said Wednesday that he does not see the Senate passing a bill to reimpose the death penalty with opposition to the proposal crossing party lines.

No Hearing on 8 Bills

At the moment, eight bills are in the Senate that impose the death penalty for various crimes. All are pending and no hearing is held, except for one. There are about 13 senators who might vote against the reinstatement of the death penalty, explains Drilon. Six in the minority will surely oppose plus LP, Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto.

Positive Outlook

Senator Manny Pacquiao who is pushing for its reinstatement in the Senate said it will give the law more teeth. He insinuates that would be criminals will think twice to commit crimes if there’s a tough punishment – like losing their lives.

Pacquiao’s Take

 “We must speak to these criminal minds in the only language they understand. They must understand that our government will put a stop to impunity. They have profited from thousands upon thousands of Filipino youths. It must stop now,” Pacquiao said. As a born again Christian, he also added that the death penalty is lawful, moral and sanctioned governmental action.

Death Penalty Cannot Get Enough Nods

Drilon implied that it’s not about the Liberal Party members blocking the reimposition of the death penalty in the senate. It’s about not being able to get enough approvals from the senators of the different political groups. Just a matter of conscience voting.

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Why Does the EU Parliament Defends De Lima, the Jailed Illegal Drugs Trade Protector?

Why Does the EU Parliament Defends De Lima, the Jailed Illegal Drugs Trade Protector?

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

The European Parliament adopts the call of a lawmakers’ group to immediately release detained Philippine Senator Leila de Lima. She is the fiercest critic of Philippine President. In a resolution, it firmly asks for her to be provided with adequate security while in jail. Filipinos are confused why an international body dares to interfere with the country’s legal system just to protect a notorious illegal drugs trade coddler?

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[VIDEO]: European lawmakers propose a draft resolution calling for the “immediate release” of Philippine Senator Leila de Lima.

Due Process

On top of that, European lawmakers urge the Philippine authorities “to ensure a fair trial. It even recalls the right to the presumption of innocence. It demands the government to drop all politically motivated charges against her. They also ask the government to end any further acts of harassment. As if she’s not capable of any wrongdoings. This is a clear manifestation of misinformation.

Death Penalty Say

In the same resolution, the EU tells Philippine officials to “immediately halt ongoing proceedings to reinstate the death penalty.” Do they have the right to do so? Can’t they understand that the Philippine government is capable enough to do its mandate to properly govern the country? What’s wrong with this people? Filipinos elected a leader who vows to declare war on drugs. They should respect that.

Display of Arrogance

Senate Majority Leader Vicente “Tito” Sotto III thinks that for the European Parliament to call for Senator Leila de Lima’s release clearly displays their arrogance. “The European Parliament must be told that the Philippines is a democratic nation ruled by law. Judicial processes are fully functioning,” Sotto said. Their demanding the release of Senator De Lima is a display of arrogance. They want to show power. Pure interference in the country’s domestic affairs cannot be tolerated.


Note Verbale of Protest

Sotto then urges the Philippine embassy in EU Capital to file a protest and explain De Lima’s case. “Our embassy in EU Capital must file a Note Verbale of Protest and explain in full the case of Senator Leila,” he said.“The Department of Foreign Affairs or DFA must see to it, it’s done. They must be warned that they cannot just malign us!”

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Martial Law is Right for Mindanao but also Robredo’s Ammunition against Marcos

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

The word martial law is only a poison to Liberal Party members and supporters. The rest of the people seems to be in favor of it to topple insurgencies in Mindanao. Even Mindanao residents like Senator Koko Pimentel is confident that the president only declares it when the need arises. Not much resistance can be felt from netizens online when in the end, martial law is indeed declared to put rebels and terrorists back into order.

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[VIDEO]: Ang preidente ay posibleng magdeklara ng Martial Law sa Mindanao para masugpo ang karahasan doon.

The President’s Ultimatum

The President said that he won’t hesitate to resort to martial law in Mindanao if violence worsens. Destabilization or the fight between the military and the rebels are grounds for martial law. PDu30 swears that if local officials refuse to help him in the war against the NPAs, then it’s time to go for it. He pleads to get the support of the leaders in the region to reprimand chaos before it goes out of control. That could only be the reason that he is compelled to exercise extraordinary powers that he has. He reminds the people of the brutal war it can bring.

Koko Pimentel’s Trust

Senator Koko Pimentel, a staunch ally of the president said that there’s nothing to worry about. He assures that the President only decides on that to “bring back normalcy and order” in identified areas in Mindanao. He insinuates that this can do more good than harm. The president makes sure that there’s no power abuse and also not interested in staying in power longer.

VP Leni Robredo’s Ammunition against Bongbong Marcos

It is very certain, however, that Vice President Leni Robredo makes a lot of noises again after the martial law remarks of the president.This is an opportunity for her to repeat false accusations during the Marcos regime – in her attempt to discredit Bongbong Marcos for the Vice Presidency. The electoral protest against her is delayed due to her constant motions for reconsiderations in every step.

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Bongbong Marcos Elated on Robredo’s Delaying Tactics

Atty. Vic Rodriguez in behalf of the Marcos camp shows his disgust that Robredo deprives Bongbong Marcos of his day in court. He said that if the Vice President is very sure of her win and really has no knowledge of cheatings done in her favor then, she won’t block the beginning of the preliminary conference proceedings. As early as now, it looks like Vice President Leni Robredo is guilty of fraud, based on Atty. Rodriguez’s assessment.

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The President Said that Death Penalty is Insufficient Without Rape and Other Heinous Crimes

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez meets up with the president right after the successful final reading of the death penalty in congress. PDu30 is pleased with the results of the pro-death penalty votes but feels that it is not enough as what he promised during the campaign. The death sentence in the bill is only limited to drug-related offenses.

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[VIDEO]: PDu30: Kulang ang Death Penalty Bill Kung wala ang kasong RAPE

Plunder, Rape, and Homicide Next in Line

Alvarez discloses that the president wants plunder, rape with homicide, specifically, rape on children next to the death row sentence. The majority of lawmakers in the House agreed to limit the bill on drug-related offenses. This is to increase its chances of approval in the lower House. Plunder and rape are among the heinous crimes initially taken out.

Alvarez’ Assurance

Alvarez assures the President that plunder and rape make it to the amendments – once the senate approves the death penalty bill. Both are colleagues in the 11th congress. Thus, the close ties.

Reality of the Death Penalty

Other bills just to punish rape and plunder with capital punishment are also on the horizon. House leaders just want to be realistic about imposing the death penalty initially on drug-related offenses. Then they can pursue it for other offenses after learning more.

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Satisfied with Explanations

Following the dismay of netizens, the president vows to know the reason why heinous crimes are dropped from the death penalty bill. Alvarez’ explanations seem to satisfy the president. As a popular leader, no doubt that the people will just trust his judgment on this matter.

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Imee and Bongbong Marcos Support the Death Penalty but not Imelda Marcos

Imelda Marcos

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos said that she and her brother Bongbong Marcos strongly support the President and his war on drugs. She added that if the death penalty is needed in the President’s campaign against the illegal substance then, it is fine with them. However, their mother, former first lady Imelda Marcos is always against the death penalty even during the time of her late husband, former president Ferdinand E. Marcos

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[VIDEO]: Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos on Wednesday said that her mother, the former first lady now Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Marcos has always been against the death penalty.

Imelda Marcos: No To Death Penalty

Ilocos Norte, 2nd District Congresswoman, Imelda Marcos tells her children that she’ll vote no to the death penalty which she did. She is against the reimposition of the death penalty. This is her stand for a long time, ever since the time of her late husband, former president Ferdinand E. Marcos.

Death Penalty Passes 3rd and Final Reading

The bill seeks to reimpose the death penalty on drug-related offenses is already approved on third and final reading at the House of Representatives. The lower house in a session passed the House Bill 4727 with 217 voting yes, 54 no and one abstention.

A Matter of Principle

Imelda is one of the 54 representatives who voted no. According to Imee Marcos, her father at that time is very obedient to the law. The Death penalty is imposed back then and when the 3 million heroin heist happened, Lim Seng, the drug pusher is executed. Imelda Marcos really objects to that.

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Differences in Opinions

Imelda Marcos apparently is against the death penalty because for her, isn’t humane, it isn’t godly. However, the siblings are against drugs, so they hope this curse of drugs will be eliminated if the death penalty is reimposed. They may have differences in opinions but the Marcoses remain intact as a family. This is a good example to the rest of the Filipino families.