Pimentel denies death penalty a Senate priority

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Posted at Jan 25 2017 05:24 PM

Senator Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel. Voltaire Domingo, NPPA Images

Senate President Koko Pimentel on Wednesday denied that bills pushing for the implementation of death penalty and lowering the age of criminality are priorities for all lawmakers.

While the bills are on top of the agenda at the House of Representatives, Pimentel said they are not in the priorities of the Senate.

"Death penalty is a House priority, [not a Senate priority]," he said.

Pimentel said that they are prioritizing 38 other bills, which include the Traffic Congestion Act, the shift to a federal form of government, and tax reform.

In an interview on ANC’s "Beyond Politics" on Tuesday, Senator Manny Pacquiao said that capital punishment proponents are doing their best to fast-track the bill’s passage because they need to move on to other matters.

"We scheduled a committee hearing on February 7, in the Committee on Justice, chaired by Senator [Richard] Gordon," Pacquiao said. 

The Lower House was scheduled to debate on the measure this week, but this did not push through.

Measures reinstating capital punishment and cracking down on young delinquents, which the Duterte administration has said it will support, have been met with controversy, and divided lawmakers. -- with reports from Adrian Ayalin, ABS-CBN News