Drilon on death penalty bill: Dead and no chance of resurrection

  • Senator Drilon said death penalty can be considered ‘dead’ at the Senate
  • He added there is also no chance of resurrecting the bill in the present Congress
  • Drilon revealed there are at least 13 senators he expects to oppose the passing of the measure

MANILA, Philippines – Former Senate President and now Minority Leader Franklin Drilon said there is no chance that the death penalty will ever be passed in the Upper Chamber as majority of the senators are expected to oppose it.

Judging by the numbers, death penalty will certainly be ‘dead’ in the Senate, at least in this Congress, according to Drilon.

“It’s dead and the chances of resurrecting it before we even bring it to a vote are very slim, if not zero, at least in this Congress,” the senator said.

“By my own estimate, there are at least 13 senators who will block the passage of the death penalty bill, including the six-member minority group and seven from the majority block,” he added.

While Drilon did not identify the anti-death penalty senators, those who are expected to vote against the bill are: Deputy Minority Leader Bam Aquino, Senators Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan, Leila De Lima, Antonio “Sonny” Trillanes IV, Risa Hontiveros, and Grace Poe.

Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto might also oppose the controversial measure, said Drilon.

On the other hand, the pro-death penalty in the Senate are: Senate Majority Leader Vicente “Tito” Sotto III and Senators Manny Pacquiao, Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito, Win Gatchalian, and Cynthia Villar.

Drilon added they are ready to lead the fight against death penalty as he and his colleagues believe the law “was not and will never be an effective deterrence against crime”.

“It will be detrimental to the poor who will be made victims of this cruel and inhumane punishment due to the inefficiencies of our judicial system,” the Ilonggo senator said.