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Drilon: Passage of death penalty bill in Senate ain’t a sure thing

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Unlike in the House of Representatives, the fate of the death penalty bill in the Senate is shrouded in uncertainty, Minority Leader Franklin Drilon said Wednesday (March 8).

“Nobody can predict what will happen in the Senate,” he said. “It’s an uphill battle here.”

While Liberal Party members in the House were given the freedom to choose how they would vote on the bill, Drilon said his party mates in the Senate, including Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto who recently opted to join the majority bloc will take a party position on the death penalty.

“We have taken an LP stand. We’ll present strong arguments against it,” he said.

Drilon said their opposition to the move to reinstate capital punishment is shared by Senators Risa Hontiveros of Akbayan party and Antonio Trillanes IV of the Nacionalista Party (NP).