Drilon claims death penalty won’t push through, Sotto says to him “dream on”

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Minority Leader Franklin Drilon claimed that the death penalty bill is already “dead” in the Senate because 13 senators are likely to vote against it, to which Senate Majority Leader Vicente “Tito” Sotto III scoffed at saying, “he is not Nostradamus, neither am I. Let’s wait for the debates before saying so.”
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Sotto is one of the proponents of the death penalty bill and finds it “laughable” that Drilon already claimed that it will not push through in the senate.

“Meron tayong tinatawag na demokrasya. Meron s’yang kaparatang mag-isip ng sarili nya at meron din syang karapatang managinip. Wala namang pumigil sa ating managinip,” Sotto said.

“Ngayon kung manghuhula ka ng labing-tatlo (13)… medyo katawa tawa sa amin yun. Sapagkat doon sa amin unpredictable ang boto kung tutuusin e,” he added.

Drilon and five other Senate minority bloc members have expressed their dissent against the bill. These five other are Senators Bam Aquino, Francis Pangilinan, Leila de Lima, Risa Hontiveros and Antonio Trillanes IV.

The Senate majority bloc has six members who publicly decried the bill and these are Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto, Senators Richard Gordon, Francis Escudero, Juan Miguel Zubiri, Nancy Binay and Grace Poe.

Despite this number, Sotto counters the claim saying many of the senators expressed their agreement with the bill as long as it is limited to rich drug lords and high-level drug trade.

“Wala tayong patayin na mahirap dito sa death penalty. Ang papatayin natin, drug lord. Meron bang mahirap na drug lord? Kapag nakakita sila ng mahirap na drug lord, bubunutin ko yung batas ko. Yung bill ko, iwi-withdraw ko,” Sotto said.

He further chided Drilon by throwing back at him the 61% of Filipinos who agree with the bill.

“I do not think it is proper to speak for others unless you are designated as spokesman. He does not think the same as 61 percent of our people. I wonder!” he said.

Sotto was referring to the Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey conducted from March 25 to 28, 2017 which showed that out of the 1,200 people interviewed, 61% of Filipinos strongly or somewhat approve of the death penalty (36% of respondents “strongly approve” while 24% “somewhat approve”).

Sotto said that the Senate will not be able to vote on the bill until around August or September this year.


Source: Inquirer

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