Lagman vows to oppose 'watered down' death penalty bill

RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 27 2017 11:15 PM

Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman on Monday said he and other congressmen will continue to oppose the death penalty bill despite the proposed reduction in the number of crimes covered by capital punishment.

Lagman accused the House majority of pandering to President Rodrigo Duterte as it again watered down the bill reimposing the death penalty.

"I don't think they are really interested in the death penalty," Lagman said. 

"What they want to do is just to support the president's deadly war against the drug menace otherwise they won't emasculate the bill," he continued.

The supermajority at the House of Representatives has agreed to reduce the number of crimes punishable by death from 21 to just 1--illegal drugs.

Lagman said the majority is really doing all it could to guarantee enough votes for the bill. 

"They continue amending the bill so that from railroading it is now going to emasculation just to convince members of the house to vote for the measure," said Lagman, who is a staunch opponent of reviving capital punishment.

Lagman said that despite the reduction of the number of crimes punishable by death, he and other congressmen will still oppose it.

"As far as the oppositors are concerned, as long as there is a crime punishable by death, we're going to oppose it," he added.

"It's not the number of crimes but it is the concept of the death penalty which is abhorrent," he said. - with a report from RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News