House of Representatives leaders has announced that the passing of the bill for the restoration of Death Penalty in the Philippines should be expected on Tuesday, end of February.
The 50 percent plus one votes requirement for the said bill to be passed has already been surpassed as per House Speaker Pantaleon "Bebot" Alvarez confidently stated.
|House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez - Image by CNN Philippines|
As qouted on CNN Philippines' The Source interview with Alvarez on Monday states, "May bilang ho tayo,Bilang panalo, siyempre".
"Tomorrow or Wednesday... Mangyayari na po" the House Speaker further added.
The voting was originally set for March 8, but debates were cut short on Wednesday last week, leaving almost 20 congressmen unable to air their interpellations.
The third reading is scheduled for next week, but the Tuesday vote will decide the fate of the substitute death penalty bill that the House adopted last week.
House Bill 4727 will known as "An act imposing the death penalty on certain heinous crimes, repealing for the purpose Republic Act No. 9346, entitled 'An act prohibiting the imposition of death penalty in the Philippines,' and amending Act. No. 3815, as amended, otherwise known as the 'Revised Penalty Code,' and other special penal laws."
It lists four crimes that merit death penalty: treason, plunder, rape, and drug-related crimes.
Under rape offenses are rape with homicide, rape of a minor, and rape committed by law enforcement officers.
Under drug-related crimes, offensese include the importation, sale, trading, administration, dispensation, delivery, distribution, transportation, manufacture of dangerous drugs, and maintenance of a drug den.
However, the death penalty bill is yet to tackled by the Senate where it could face more varied reception.