Christian Señeres, a representative of Buhay Party-list group from 2003-2007, declared his
opposition to capital punishment in the Harapan 2013 Senatorial Debate. He claimed in this debate that he filed a bill to repeal the death penalty.
Records from the House of Representatives confirm that Señeres was one of the authors of
RA 9346, the “Act prohibiting imposition of death penalty in the Philippines”. Filed as House Bill 4826 in the thirteenth congress, Señeres was one of the over one hundred legislators that supported the bill.
Then Ilocos Sur First District Representative Salacnib Baterina was the bill’s principal author.
In the same debate, Señeres also claimed that 5% of GDP should be intended for the budget on health. However, neither Señeres nor BUHAY partylist has officially filed a bill regarding the 5% allocation of GDP to health. At best, Señeres has been consistent in his interviews that he plans to fight for it. The closest health-related Republic Act involving BUHAY partylist is RA 9502 or the “Universally Accessible Cheaper and Quality Medicines Act of 2008,” an act prescribing special measures to lower the cost of medicines and other purposes.
(This fact check was conducted by UP Diliman Sociology third-year undergraduate student Lorraine Soldevilla. UP is a partner of ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs for the May 13 elections.)