How can the proposed death penalty measure be included in the administration’s legislative agenda when majority of senators are against it?

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon raised this question on Wednesday, still responding to Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez’s criticisms that the Senate was slow, citing as example the upper chamber’s failure to immediately act on the death penalty bill.

“Sa akin, I will repeat, we should look at the statement beyond the alleged failure to execute the legislative agenda, which, by the way, does not include death penalty – in both the Ledac (legislative-executive development advisory council) and in our inter-chamber legislative agenda,” Drilon said in an interview over CNN Philippines.

“Senator Ping (Pafilo Lacson) says today that there is not majority of the senators voting for the death penalty. How can we include that in our legislative agenda?”

Drilon said he was “not certain” the death penalty bill could get a majority vote in the Senate committee on justice which is tasked to deliberate on the issue.

The committee already conducted hearings on the measure but its chair, Senator Richard Gordon, later designated Senator Manny Pacquiao to continue with the deliberations in a subcommittee level.

Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III said the committee would resume this month its hearing on the issue.

In a blog post of Mr. Alon Calinao Dy, he said, “I do anticipate that Drilon wouldn’t agree such kind of punishment amongst criminals. Death penalty for him is not his concern but it’s the call of a majority of Filipinos out there.”

According to netizens, Drilon voted against death penalty. They questioned why Drilon was against it when in fact it would help a lot of Filipinos who are victims of crimes.

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