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#NoRegrets: GMA sacrifices plum post for anti-death stance

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Despite her removal from her plum post as deputy speaker, Pampanga 2nd district Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo didn’t sound regretful at all for her decision to vote “no” to the passage of the death penalty bill.

“The issue of the death penalty is unlike any other, in that it touches the core of each person’s fundamental view of human life,” the former president said in statement Wednesday (March 15) following her ouster.

“I believe that the issue required a vote based solely on conscience and the deepest of personal convictions. Thus, despite my support for President Duterte and Speaker Alvarez, I voted against House Bill No. 4727,” Arroyo said.

HB 4727, which seeks the revival of death penalty on serious illegal drug-related crimes, was approved on third and final reading via vote of 217-54-1 last March 7.

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez had repeatedly vowed to replace House leaders who will block the return of capital punishment in the country. He called it President Rodrigo Duterte’s top priority measure.

Arroyo was the lone deputy speaker who voted against the controversial bill’s approval.

Death penalty was last abolished in 2006 when Arroyo’s was still president.