After social media flak, Sonny Angara speaks on death penalty

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 04 2017 05:24 AM

MANILA- After drawing criticisms from netizens, Senator Sonny Angara clarified his position on the revival of the death penalty bill on Friday.

Speaking to DZMM, Angara said he is still undecided on the revival of capital punishment since he is still weighing the pros and cons of the bill.

"Sa amin naman, maaga pa dahil hindi pa lumalabas iyung mga pag-aaral at lahat ng argumento, lahat ng eksperto hindi pa nagsasalita," he said.

(For us, it is too early since not all studies and arguments have been discussed. Not all experts have spoken on the issue.)

The senator was recently involved in a fiery exchange of tweets with some netizens who criticized his unclear stance on the death penalty and accused him of not standing by his principles.

Angara, who also chairs the Senate Committee on Ways and Means, said he is not closing his doors on the revival of death penalty amid the peace and order situation in the country.
"Bukas naman tayo sapagkat iba na rin ang konteksto mula nung nakaraang taon kung saan siguro ang opinyon natin ay hindi naman masyado kailangan dahil maganda naman iyung peace and order," he said.

(We are open since we are now under a different context compared with last year wherein our opinion was not needed as much since we had a good peace and order situation.)

"Medyo lumala ata yung peace and order situation natin at nakakabahala rin iyung sitwasyon sa Bilibid kung saan may life sentence nga iyung mga drug lord pero lalong yumayaman, lumalaki ang kanilang tungkulin, drug empire," he added.

(Our peace and order situation is worsening. Concerns are also rising over the situation in the Bilibid wherein drug lords who have life sentences continue to enrich themselves with drug money and are still growing their drug empire.)

Angara said as of now, he still wants to know if the death penalty is effective.

"Gusto rin natin pag-aralan kung talagang magiging epektibo ba itong death penalty," he said.

(I still want to study the effectivity of death penalty.)

The death penalty bill recently passed 2nd reading at the House of Representatives and is now up for a 3rd and final reading.

However efforts in the House to pass the bill may be useless if the senate blocks it.

Last month, Senator Risa Hontiveros said there are enough senators who oppose the restoration of capital punishment.