Despite renewed calls made by President Duterte for Congress to quick observe deliberations on the bill restoring capital punishment within the nation, some senators remained agency of their place towards the stated proposition.
Sen. Richard Gordon, chair of the Senate committee on justice and human rights, stated Duterte’s dedication to reimpose the death penalty positioned him in a good place as a result of he was towards it.
“It doesn’t work to eradicate crime. But I think what we need to do is really come up with a reform on prison, on the penology system. And I’m glad that the Supreme Court is finally coming up with the continuous hearing of cases. The reason why these guys get away with it is because the hearings drag on and on,” he stated.
Sen. Bam Aquino stated he and his ranks within the minority bloc, who embrace Senators Franklin Drilon, Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan, Risa Hontiveros, Leila de Lima and Antonio Trillanes IV, had been unyielding of their stance towards death penalty.
“May mga bagay bagay din na palagay ko, hindi rin ganoon kabilis at hindi ganoon kadali dahil sa Senado, kailangan natining pag-usapan upang mailabas nating batas iyong naaayon at nararapat sa taumbayan,” he stated.
But Sen. Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito promised to be supportive of the restoration of death penalty.
“I’ve been open to it. But I’m really in favor of it. I’m in favor of death penalty only to be a deterrent and to make sure that the Philippines doesn’t become the hub for international drug trade in Asia,” he stated.
Ejercito reckoned that the absence of death penalty within the nation was a “big factor” within the persevering with proliferation of unlawful medicine commerce within the nation.