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Makabayan gives tame response to ouster from House chairmanships

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The Makabayan bloc has broken its silence regarding the stripping of its House Committee chairmanships.

Speaking on behalf of the awfully silent militant crew is Anakpawis Party-list Rep. Ariel Casilao, a vice chairman of the Committee on Agrarian Reform.

In a statement Thursday night (March 16), Casilao said he expresses “disappointment over the house leadership’s motion to remove committee chairpersons who voted no on the House Bill No. 4727 or death penalty bill.”

“Even before the 17th congress, Anakpawis, as being part of the Makabayan Coalition has been an opposition of any legislative effort to revive the death penalty in the country,” he said.

“Though we view that the preceeding committee chairmanships of some of the Makabayan representatives is favorable to the people, it is not enough justification to compel us to renege on one of our basic principle, that is to oppose death penalty,” noted Casilao.

Losing their plum posts Wednesday (March 15) were Makabayan members Gabriela Party-list Rep. Emmi de Jesus (Committee on Poverty Alleviation), ACT-Teacher Party-list Rep. Antonio Tinio (Public Information) and Bayan Muna Party-list Rep. Carlos Zarate (Natural Resources).

All seven Makabayan politikos voted “no” to the death penalty restoration bill during its third reading passage last March 7.

Word has it that naysaying Committee vice chairmen will comprise the second wave of House officials to be ousted, meaning Casilao will also lose his post.