The Death Penalty Bill get approved on its third and final reading by House of Representatives, Tueday, March 7.
The reimposition of the capital punishment known as House Bill No. 4727 with 216 yes, 54 no and one abstention targets seven heinous drug-related offenses.
Former President and incumbent President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and Batangas Rep. Vilma Santos-Recto were included on the fifty-four who voted against the bill.
Meanwhile, Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman tried to counter the revival of death penalty saying that it was "premature" and it violates the "3-day rule" prescribed by Section 26(2) of Article VI of the Constitution.
The death penalty bill has been amended limiting it to cover only drug-related offenses resulting to the exclusion of plunder, rape and treason.