Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero on Thursday (May 11) contradicted claims made by Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon who declared as lifeless within the water the death penalty invoice within the Senate.
Last time he checked, Escudero stated there have been sufficient votes to steer its passage within the higher chamber.
“Actually, kinausap ko yung iba tungkol sa position nila. Parang hindi accurate yung kanyang pananaw o hindi sang-ayon sa kanyang pananaw na patay na ang death penalty dito sa Senate,” he stated.
“Tinanong ko karamihan ng mga miyembro ng Senado yung direksyon o leaning nila kaugnay nito pero ito’y siguro mahigit dalawang buwan na ang lumilipas pero wala naman sigurong rason at dahilan para magbago ‘yon sa ngayon,” the senator stated.
Escudero was referring to Drilon’s statements made final April 26 that 13 senators had been more likely to vote towards the controversial invoice restoring death penalty within the nation.
“Hindi ako naniniwalang patay na sa Senado at sana hindi nya din isipin o sabihin ‘yon dahil baka mamaya mag-relax na sya at wala nang gawin kaugnay sa kanyang posisyon kung tutol nga ba sya sa death penalty or hindi. Basta sa panig at parte ko, nananatiling pareho ang posisyon ko at tutol ako dito,” he stated.
Escudero was amongst these counted by Drilon who would vote towards the invoice together with Senators Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan, Bam Aquino, Risa Hontiveros, Leila de Lima, Antonio Trillanes IV in addition to Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto.
Escudero stated if provisions within the invoice would restrict to high-level drug trafficking the penalty of capital punishment, it might achieve assist within the Senate.
But Escudero saod that if the House model could be adopted, most of the senators would reject it.
“Maliwanag na kung yung bersyon ng House na firing squad, hanging, lethal injection, walang pag-asang pumasa ‘yon sa Senado,” stated Escudero.