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No timetable yet for death penalty bill in Senate — Pimentel

MANILA — Unlike the House of Representatives (HoR), the Senate is not yet eyeing any date for the passage of the death penalty bill but hopes to reach a decision by June.
"A couple of bills have been filed relating to the death penalty. The Justice Committee has started hearing, it's also moving here in the Senate but there's no timetable for death penalty," Pimentel told reporters in an interview.
Oriental Mindoro Rep. Reynaldo Umali, Chair of the House Justice Committee said the bill that seeks to restore capital punishment will likely be approved before the end of the first regular session of 17th Congress on June 3.
Umali said the death penalty bill, a priority measure of administration of Pres. Rodrigo Duterte, is an important reform to overhaul the criminal justice system of the country.
Pimentel, meanwhile, said that the House target of June is "realistic."
"That should be sufficient time for the Senate to have its own recommendation whether to approve or not approve. That's good enough time for us to discuss the death penalty and also come out with a decision by June," he added.
At present, Pimentel said that the Senate membership is "split" on favoring the imposition of death penalty.
Senators belonging to the Liberal Party (LP), however, will also not be voting in favor for the imposition of death penalty citing flaws in the country's justice system and belief that it would not deter crime.
Pimentel, an ally and party-mate of Pres. Duterte, is also against death penalty but said that he "keeps an open mind" to support the President.
He said it would be "a very interesting discussion" to make.
Under the proposed measure, the heinous crimes for which the death penalty will be imposed include trafficking in illegal drugs, arson, treason, murder, rape, kidnapping, and carnapping.
The mode of capital punishment could either be through hanging, by firing squad or lethal injection.
The imposition of death penalty has been suspended since 2006 with the enactment of Republic Act No. 9346, or "An Act Prohibiting the Imposition of Death Penalty in the Philippines."
Pres. Duterte, however, has publicly declared his desire for capital punishment reimposed on heinous crimes, especially on criminals involved in the illegal drug trade. (PNA)

Last Modified: 2021-Oct-18 21.17.24 UTC+0800