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Eh di gawin mo: Bag-Ao unperturbed by ‘no’ vote consequences

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Bring it on, Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez.

That was practically Dinagat Island Rep. Kaka Bag-Ao’s message Tuesday night (March 7) as she explained her “no” vote to the death penalty restoration bill on the plenary floor.

“Mr. Speaker, my dear colleagues—I vote NO to the proposal to reinstate the death penalty based on our fundamental values anchored on social justice and human rights and dignity,” she said.

“Tatanggapin ko po at yayakapin ko ang lahat ng kapalit ng botong ito,” added the Liberal Party (LP) member.

Bag-Ao was the first House leader in the roll call vote to vote negatively on the controversial measure. She chairs the Committee on People Participation.

Alvarez earlier vowed to replace Committee heads who refuse to support the return of capital punishment in the country.

Bag-Ao doesn’t seem to care.

“Tungkulin natin sa Kongresong ito na pangalagaan ang ating mga mamamayan at isulong ang katarungan. Kung nakikita nating may problema sa sistema, maghanap tayo ng paraan upang maayos ito nang hindi sumasagasa sa karapatan at dignidad ng tao,” she stressed. #