LP makes united stand against death penalty ahead of crucial vote: Kiko says they will not be intimidated
Senator Francis Pangilinan said the Liberal Party was eager to see how each member of the House of Representatives would vote on third reading of the death penalty bill.
In a statement, the LP president said: ”The voting on third and final reading today, March 7, on House Bill 4727 or the bill seeking death penalty for drug-related crimes, will be a mere formality. However, it is still worth watching since the nominal voting or the roll call vote will now reveal the names and faces of the lawmakers who will vote for and against the bill.”
House Speaker Bebot Alvarez has threatened member of the supermajority, including the LP, that they would be stripped of their Deputy Speaker and House committee chair posts if they do not vote for the death penalty.
Pangilinan said LP members would stand pat on their opposition despite “threats of marginalization.”
“Pressure, intimidation, or enticement will not sway the LP members from casting a vote based on their conscience and conviction,” he said.
“LP lawmakers have tried to work within the majority bloc to come up with bills that are reasoned and thoroughly deliberated, and that work for the interest of the Filipino people. The LP at the HOR has been a cooperative bloc, but in the interest of democracy, we should also play the role of reasonable fiscalizers when the situation and our principles demand it,” he added.