Why Rep. Vilma Santos voted no to death penalty

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Posted at Mar 09 2017 12:40 AM | Updated as of Mar 09 2017 01:21 AM

"Star for All Seasons" and Batangas 6th District Rep. Vilma Santos

MANILA - "Star for All Seasons" and Batangas 6th District Rep. Vilma Santos said Wednesday she consulted the people of Lipa City before she cast her vote on the third and final reading of the death penalty bill in the lower House.

Santos was among the 54 legislators who voted against the reimposition of the death penalty.

Speaking to DZMM's "Mismo," Santos said a majority of her constituents wanted her to vote against the bill.

"Since representative ako ng 6th district ng Batangas, which is Lipa, nagkonsulta naman ako sa mga Lipeño," Santos said.

(Since I am the representative of the 6th district of Batangas, which is Lipa, I consulted the people of Lipa.)

"Syempre, may mga bumoto rin doon na pabor sila, pero mas nakararami 'yung nag pro-life sila, na 'no' sila sa death penalty," she added.

(While there are those who are on favor of the death penalty, majority of the people are pro-life and voted "no" to the death penalty bill.)

Santos said she values human life, which was her guiding principle in voting against the controversial measure.

"In my conscience, nagpapahalaga ako sa buhay. Mapagmahal ako sa buhay. Importante ang buhay ng tao," she said.

(In my conscience, I value life. I love life. Human life is important.)

The actress-turned-politician also revealed that she also consulted her husband, Senator Ralph Recto. However, she said that Recto did not try to influence her vote.

"Hindi siya nakikialam sa personal kong desisyon," Santos said.

(He did not interfere with my personal decision.)

Santos said Recto told her to vote based on what she thinks is right.

"Ang pinahalagahan ko ay 'yung konsultasyon ko sa mga Lipeño and at the same time 'yung personal kong opinion at prinsipyo when it comes to death penalty," Santos said.

(What I value is my consultation with the people of Lipa and at the same time my opinion and principle when it comes to death penalty.)