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.
Senator Pacquiao or the great boxer Manny Pacquiao quickly gains respect from the public whenever he interpolates in the senate to defend his stand on certain issues. This time, he urges the senate to pass a boxing bill. This is to establish a commission that can focus on boxing and other combat sports since these are dangerous activities. Pacquiao is clearly attesting based on personal experience that Drilon obviously cannot care less because he can’t feel the intense need.
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[VIDEO]: DRILON KINONTRA SI PACQUIAO SA PLANO NITONG BUMUO NG BOXING AGENCY
Drilon on Strengthening GAB
Drilon said that there is no need to create a separate commission. The existing Games and Amusements Board or GAB could be strengthened instead. He is certain that GAB can perform the functions required to safeguard the athletes of these dangerous sports. Drilon claims that he has confidence with commissioner Mitra who heads GAB but he almost cannot remember his name.
The Key is in the Focus
Pacquiao’s English is actually not bad. He can express in straight English but like many people, sometimes the right word cannot be found. His team coaches him with the word “focus” and he continued explaining his stand since many boxers ever since his early days until now are dying because of lack of proper guidance and monitoring through tougher implementations of requirements especially in medical terms.
The Tagalog Switch
It is amazing how Senator Pacquiao easily gets back to his confident self when he switches to Tagalog or Pilipino. Take note that he is a Visayan speaker but he expresses himself well in Tagalog. Pacquiao replied that his bill aims to update reviews and standards of the industry. It can then collect fees and create linkages to foreign boxing agencies. The new agency would implement stricter requirements for boxers to avoid unnecessary deaths.
It is a pity that Senator Drilon cannot understand where Senator Pacquiao is coming from. He suggests that they can provide additional funds. They can also provide them with enough manpower so that the issues can be addressed. Creating a new bureaucracy, just to address boxing mismatches, for example, is not necessary, he explains. This only proves to show that Drilon cannot only understand Pacquiao but also not concerned of those athletes who endangered their lives with the dangerous sports that they play for the country. After all, combat sports need specialized treatments and cannot be mixed with just any sports – 22 at that!