MANILA – Senator Leila de Lima on Monday said she is hoping to gain “early freedom” so she could participate in the voting for the death penalty bill.
“With the grace of God, I fervently plead for my early freedom from this most unjust detention based on false and fabricated charges. I am desirous of a change to participate in the Senate deliberations on the death penalty once sessions resume and to cast my vote thereon!” De Lima said in a statement written from her detention center.
“My vote is an absolute and unqualified NO to death penalty. From any standpoint, ethical, moral, philosophical, legal and constitutional, the death penalty is WRONG, hence, unacceptable.”
De Lima is currently detained at the Philippine National Police (PNP) custodial center as she battles drug charges.
The House of Representatives recently approved the bill which seeks to reimpose the death penalty.
The bill, however, is seen to face an uphill battle in the Senate, as some senators expressed reservations over the impact of the bill’s passage to the Philippines’ economy and international standing.
The Philippines had ratified the second optional protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), which prescribes a progressive obligation among nations to abolish the death penalty and prevent its reimposition.