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Ex-SolGen Florin Hilbay on death penalty bill’s blitzkrieg passage: It’s amazing there’s still a debate

Given that it’s a priority measure, Former Solicitor General Florin Hilbay was no longer surprised that the bill reinstating the death penalty was passed on second reading at lightning speed in the House of Representatives.

Hilbay, now a law professor at the University of the Philippines, said what’s amazing was that the proposal was even subject to a debate.

House Bill No. 1 reinstating the death penalty for drug-related crimes was passed via viva voce Wednesday night (March 1).

Its opponents tried to derail its approval by questioning the quorum but was beaten to the draw by Majority Floor Leader Rodolfo Fariñas, who initiated a roll call.

After a quorum was established, Fariñas moved to terminate the period of amendments on the bill and asked his colleagues to vocally express their vote on the bill. \

The “ayes” won over the “nayes.”

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