MANILA - The House Committee on Justice sub-committee on Judicial Reform has advanced a proposal to reimpose the death penalty on heinous crimes, which led to Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman to decry that the proposal is being railroaded.
Lagman said the sub-committee approved a substitute bill imposing the death penalty on several offenses. This bill will now be sent to the mother committee for adoption before it can be endorsed to the plenary of the House.
Lagman told reporters that the approval came without the 3-day notice and before other resource persons can present their testimonies for or against the proposal.
Lagman added, there was no committee report before they approved the substitute bill.
He said, there were two substitute bills, one limiting the death penalty on drug related crimes and the other imposing the death penalty on heinous crimes such as murder, parricide, carnapping, and illegal drugs.
"Railroading has started…Bakit biglang gusto nilang pabilisin itong proposed reimposition of the death penalty? Ang promise ni Speaker [Pantaleon] Alvarez na maipasa ito before the Christmas break ay ginagawa na nila. The message of this House leadership is ‘Have a deadly Christmas,’” Lagman said.
Lagman said there is no compelling reason for the death penalty to be reimposed.
"It’s so disturbing. The culture of death is upon us,” he said.
Ifugao Rep. Teddy Baguilat meanwhile predicted that next to be fast-tracked is the bill lowering the age of criminal liability.
"The committee hearing will be next week… Most likely the substitute bill will be railroaded," Baguilat said.