Manny Pacquiao

Sen. Manny Pacquiao. (File picture by RICHARD A. REYES / Philippine Daily Inquirer)

It ain’t over but, boxer-turned-Senator Manny Pacquiao stated of the proposed reimposition of the death penalty within the nation.

“Hindi pa po tapos yan,” Pacquiao stated in an interview over AksyonTV. “Mahirap namang magbigay comment, magbigay ng conclusion about that issue nang hindi pa talagang natatapos doon sa floor.”

(“The fight is not yet over. It’s hard to comment on or give any conclusion about that issue since it has not been discussed yet on the floor.”)

He was reacting to Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon’s declare that the death penalty bill was already “dead” on the Senate as 13 of 24 senators had been probably vote in opposition to it.

Pacquiao, who has filed a bill on the death penalty, stated he would count on a Senate dialogue on the difficulty when Congress resumes work subsequent week.

And he remained hopeful that his colleagues within the Senate, who’re in opposition to the death penalty, would have a change of coronary heart.

“Magbubukas na yung (session) sa susunod na linggo, mapapag-usapan yang issue na yan sa death penalty at hindi pa tapos,” Pacquiao stated.

(“The session will resume next week. The issue of the death penalty would be discussed so it’s not yet over.”)

“Umaasa pa rin ako na yung iba mga kasamahan ko na tumututol e maiintidihan nila na hindi naman tayo personally nag huhusga kung hindi ang government (has the authority) and (that) authority is established by God,” he stated.

The House of Representatives had already authorized the death penalty bill, however the same measure has remained pending on the Senate Committee on Justice and Human Rights being headed by Sen. Richard Gordon, who’s brazenly opposing the measure.

READ: House approves death penalty bill with 217 sure votes

Despite his stand on the difficulty, Gordon has repeatedly promised that he can be honest when his committee deliberates on the proposal./rga

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