Pro-administratuin supporters push the revival of death penalty.
Pro-admin Senators’ Response to the Opposition
Senator Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa pushes his intial death penalty bill. Manny Pacquiao follows suit. Senator Imee Marcos also said that this time, there are big changes in society. Together with the rise of technology, syndicates are also getting bigger. This is very timely for the double murder case by a policeman in Paniqui, Tarlac recently. The opposition calls it police brutality to blame the President. So the pro-admin senators challenges them to bring back the death sentence
More Senators are Now in Favor of the Death Penalty
Senators Tito Sotto and Ping Lacson are positive with the proposal. They said that the data shows that crime rates decline in the city streets. The only thing that it lacks is the death penalty. This scares heinous criminals in authority and mafias. Pacquiao even blasts Senator Risa Hontiveros that her party is just jealous of the president to blame him for any misfortune that the country faces. In fact, the opposition does not help during the pandemic. They just want to distabilize the government, he insinuated. So, the debate continues.
Why are the Dilawans Afraid of Death Penalty
Judging from the defenses of the opposition better known as the Dilawans, they are really afraid of the death penalty. It is understandable in the past when there were cases of terminating innocent people. However, in today’s world, with the DNA examination, digital evidence, and real time social media, any misjudgement can easily be challenged with public opinion.
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.
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[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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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!”
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
In response to the President’s inquiry to lawmakers why rape is removed from the list of crimes punishable by death in the House version of the controversial bill, House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez explains that the list is narrowed down to just drug-related crimes — in order to speed up the process. There can be fewer objections and shorter debates if only is concentrated onto to drug crimes.
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[VIDEO]: A total of 217 lawmakers voted in favor of the death penalty bill, while 54 voted against it and 1 abstained. A total of 257 out of 293 congressmen were present in the voting.
Death Penalty Bill Passes 3rd Reading in Congress
The House of Representatives approves the third and final reading the contentious death penalty measure labeled as House Bill Number 4727. An overwhelming number of congressmen vote in its favor which is 216 affirmative, 54 negative, and one abstention.
Voice of the People
Reynaldo Umali, House Justice Panel Chairperson is hopeful now that the House of Representatives has spoken, the voice of the people are heard. The support of their pro-administration colleagues is overwhelming. He can attest to the difficulty of the process they went through that are clearly dilatory.
What About the People’s Demand on Rape?
Justice committee chair Rey Umali gives similar reasons for taking rape out of the bill. Other crimes can be included later on via amendments. Alvarez also said that another bill for rape and plunder can be filed immediately after this first one becomes law. It is just important to immediately reimpose the death penalty first specifically to aid the war on drugs.
There is indeed a need to rush the reimposition of the death penalty because of the anti- administration’s campaigns to destabilize the government. They, of course, keep on denying this but patterns of strategies the same that of Ninoy Aquino against the late president Ferdinand E. Marcos is evident.
The congress is supposed to be the people’s representative. As a separate branch from the executive branch, they do not need to consult the president. However, PDu30 calls for a thorough study and explanation why rape is taken out from the punishable crimes under the death penalty bill. It is acceptable with plunder because he does not promise to kill plunderers but to stop corruption.
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[VIDEO]: The President says he’d like to know why Congress removed plunder and rape from the list of crimes punishable with Death Penalty.
If Rape to be Added to the Death Penalty List, it’s Back to Square One
The pro-Du30 congressmen headed by House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez fails to please the government. Even so, the president gives them the benefit of the doubt. The original draft of the death penalty bill includes 21 crimes on the list. The number is lowered to four after a House caucus. Finally, they limit only to drug-related crimes when the 2nd reading is passed by the House. Deputy Speaker Fredenil Castro, one of the bill’s co-authors said that it is back to square one if rape is to be readded to the death penalty bill. Perhaps too late to support the president’s drug war.
The President Promises to Stop Corruption, Not Kill Plunderers
When asked if the removal of plunder from the list of crimes contradicts his anti-corruption campaign, the president clarifies that he only vows to stop corruption — and not to kill plunderers. He added that he plans to fire out more people he couldn’t trust. At the moment, he’s figuring out how to do it. PDu30 admits that he asks his longtime friend Peter Laviña to resign as the National Irrigation Authority chief amidst allegations of extortion.
Readd Rap to Death Penalty or None at All
The people through social media are unanimous in calling for no death penalty if there’s no rape in the list of crimes punishable by death sentence. Will the president accept the explanation of congress that there is a great deal of delay if they have to go back from the beginning – just to re-add rape on the death penalty bill?
If congress does not listen to the people’s cry, it looks as if they are not doing their job. They only do things that would please their alliance. On that note, they also fail because the president is also not pleased with their action. It is a matter of “wait and see” for now on what the congress would do next. The people’s wish or drug war?
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.
Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez faces criticisms over his arm-twisting leadership when it comes to the reimposing the death penalty. He mentions that former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo can leave her post as deputy speaker should she chooses to go against it. However, he seems to find an ally in Bongbong Marcos who is in favor of death penalty for illegal drug crimes.
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[VIDEO]: Pinatawag na ng liderato ang mga kakamping kongresista para tiyakin ang suporta sa death penalty. Binalaan din ni House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez na tatanggalan ng pwesto sa liderato ang mga kongresistang kontra sa death penalty.
Alvarez Unfazed of Declining Majority Support
Alvarez serves as Arroyo’s Department of Transportation and Communications secretary from January 2001 to July 5, 2002. Many lawmakers already warn Alvarez against his arm-twisting members of the lower house. He is at risk of losing the majority’s support due to his tough campaigning for the House leadership vote in favor of the death penalty bill. He is at all not worried about it, he said.
Addressing Drug Addiction as Social Problem
Bongbong Marcos explains that the drug problems are not just police concerns. They are threats to society. He stresses what the “We Parents” organization is doing to help address the problem of drug addiction since they existed in 2012 in Pasig City. The do livelihood program for one. The organization comprises of members of parent-teachers associations, homeowners associations, public utility drivers, and operators associations. They provide skills training in partnership with the local government. Marcos urges all sectors to come together and focus on values formation of the children to strengthen the Filipino family. He thinks that the solution lies in a strong family that the child can depend on, Marcos said. This, however, takes a long period of time. The government from the authorities to lawmakers must also do their part and it should be soon. That is what Alvarez is doing.
Why Marcos Supports Death Penalty for Drug-Related Crimes?
92 percent of barangays in Manila are affected by the illegal drug trade. This is alarming not just because of the increasing crime rate. It is a serious problem because pushers prey on the children, who are our country’s future. If the children are messed-up children, the country’s future is destroyed, said Marcos. The “Shabu Market” is the proof of the negative effects of illegal drugs. It changes the morality and mentality of society. It convinced Marcos to support the death penalty for the traffickers because they already sell shabu like candies from stores.
Solution Must be Done even through Arm-Twisting Strategy
The Speaker wants the public to know that he does not threaten those who oppose the death penalty. He does not force anyone to go with his stand, he said. He just announces to their members that they support HB 4727. PDP-Laban is the President’s party who wants the return of the death penalty. Those who are against it are “free to resign” from the party, he said.