SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau
10 February 2017 06:25:03 AM
Rep. Reynaldo V. Umali (2nd District, Mindoro Oriental), chairman of the House committee on justice, answers questions from Rep. Edcel B. Lagman (1st District, Albay) about House Bill 4727 (Committee Report 47) seeking to impose the death penalty on certain heinous crimes. Lagman said Congress must show and prove separately the determinant factors of “heinousness” and “compelling reasons.” Umali has urged his colleagues to be guided by what is needed by the country, especially considering the level of impunity shown by hardened criminals, drug lords and other perpetrators of heinous crimes in recent years. Another bill sponsor, Rep. Vicente "Ching" S.E. Veloso (3rd District, Leyte), a former Associate Justice of the Court of Appeals, answered the query of Rep. Raul V. del Mar (1st District, Cebu City) on whether death penalty was abolished or merely suspended. Rep. Jose L. Atienza, Jr. (Party-list, Buhay) also interpellated during Wednesday's plenary session which was presided by Deputy Speaker Mylene Garcia-Albano. Majority Leader Rodolfo C. Fariñas has given assurances of orderly plenary discussions of HB 4727.