Death penalty, not a deterrent to crime — LP Senators

admin   •   December 9, 2016   •   10922

 

 FILE PHOTOS: Liberal Party Senators: (Left-Right) Sen. Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan, Sen. Franklin Drilon, Sen. Leila De Lima

FILE PHOTOS: Liberal Party Senators: (Left-Right) Sen. Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan, Sen. Franklin Drilon, Sen. Leila De Lima

PASAY CITY, Philippines — Liberal Party President Sen. Kiko Pangilinan maintains that the re-imposition of the death penalty will not be a deterrent to crimes.

In a statement Pangilinan said, what the government should do is to improve the justice system that will result in speedy disposition of cases.

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Senate President Pro-Tempore Franklin Drilon and Sen. Leila de Lima said, the Liberal Party senators will be opposing the measure.

“The LP in the Senate will not vote in favor of the re imposition, we are against the re-imposition of death penalty.”

Sen. Drilon added, “We are not convinced the re-imposition of death penalty is deterrence to crime.”

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While Senator Leila De Lima expressed, “Whatever is the offense or the offenses covered, whether drug-related lang [only], cases of violations of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act, or other heinous crimes, I am against death penalty.”

Sen. Risa Hontiveros from Akbayan party, an ally of the Liberal Party, meanwhile expressed concern over efforts to pass measures to reinstate the death penalty and the lowering of age of criminal liability to 9 years old, from 15 years old.

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Re-imposing death penalty will contradict the government’s rehabilitation programs for convicted drug users and criminals.

She also said children age 9 are still too young to be treated as criminals.

What should be improved, Hontiveros said, are the educational and rehabilitation programs especially for the youth.

(JOYCE BALANCIO / UNTV News & Rescue)

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Drilon hits 30th SEA Games’ P50M-worth ‘kaldero’

Marje Pelayo   •   November 18, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Days before the much-awaited Philippine hosting of the 30th Southeast Asian Games, Senator Franklin Drilon sparked controversy into what he claims as ‘extravagant’ cauldron designed for the regional meet.

During the Senate’s deliberation of the budget of the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) on Monday (November 18), the Senate Minority Leader hit the agency for spending too much for the metal structure.

“Masyadong extravagant ang mahiwaga, pinakamalaki at pinakamahal na kaldero sa buong mundo sa kasaysayan ng ating bansa – P55 million para sa kaldero (It’s too extravagant – the mysterious, largest and the costliest cauldron in the world and in the history of our country – P55 million for a cauldron),” Drilon said.

Overall, the government has P16.5 billion budget for the Philippines’ hosting of the 30th SEA Games.

But Senate Committee on Finance Chair Senator Sonny Angara defended why the cauldron costs that much.

 “The kaldero (cauldron) is made of steel which accounts for its high cost,” Angara argued.

BCDA President and CEO Vince Dizon added that the use of the cauldron is not only for this year’s Asian Games but for other future purposes.

“I’m talking about world-class sports facilities not only to be used for games such as the Southeast Asian Games but also can be used to serve as the training hub of our athletes,” Dizon explained.

Drilon, however, was dissatisfied with Dizon’s argument.

He said he is determined to file a resolution to investigate the spending in relation to the SEA Games immediately after the regional event is over.

Drilon also called on the Commission on Audit (COA) to launch its own special audit on the expenditures of the SEA Games. – MNP (with details from Nel Maribojoc)

Drilon, Robredo camp hit Cayetano’s ‘all talk’ remarks

Robie de Guzman   •   November 12, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon hit House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano for his “totally uncalled for” remarks against Vice President Leni Robredo.

“I am saddened by his statement. Such comments are totally uncalled for, especially coming from the Speaker of the House,” Drilon said in a statement.

Cayetano earlier said that Robredo is “all talk” since her appointment as the co-chairperson of the inter-agency committee on anti-illegal drugs (ICAD).

President Rodrigo Duterte last week designated Robredo to co-lead the government’s body against illegal drugs.

Since then, she has been meeting with several groups to float her ideas to address the country’s drug problem, such as scrapping the “Oplan Tokhang” and implementing a health-based anti-drug campaign.

Instead of criticizing Robredo, Drilon said everyone should support the government’s war on drugs and set aside politics.

“It cannot be denied that illegal drug continues to be a problem, notwithstanding the over 5,000 deaths from Operation Tokhang,” he said.

“The gravity of this issue on illegal drugs calls for everyone to set aside politics. In the remaining two and a half years of the administration, we should all work together to solve this problem,” he added.

The senator also noted that even Malacañang has vowed full support for Robredo as she undertakes this task.

“We expect the allies of this administration to do no less,” he added.

Meanwhile, Robredo’s spokesperson and legal counsel, Barry Gutierrez, said the vice president has only begun doing her new task and told Cayetano to stop criticizing if he can’t help her do her job.

Gutierrez also said the entire government should unite to eradicate illegal drugs in the country.

Pangilinan asks public to support Robredo as she takes on drug war challenge

Robie de Guzman   •   November 7, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Francis Pangilinan called on Filipinos to support Vice President Leni Robredo as she takes on the task of co-chairing the inter-agency committee on anti-illegal drugs (ICAD).

Pangilinan said Robredo is facing a dangerous challenge ahead and would need the public’s full support to succeed.

“Mapanganib ang kanyang hinaharap na pagsubok at naniniwala tayo na kapag buo ang suporta at pagkilos ng mamamayan sa magiging hakbang niya ay mas matitiyak ang kanyang tagumpay,” he said in a statement.

Robredo on Wednesday accepted President Rodrigo Duterte’s offer for her to become co-chairperson of ICAD, in a bid to stop the killing of innocent lives under the administration’s war on drugs.

Pangilinan said the Liberal Party supported its chairperson’s decision although they are in doubt of Malacañang’s motive and sincerity about its offer.

“Bagamat hindi natin matiyak ang motibo at sinseridad ng Malacañang sa pag-alok sa nasabing pwesto, wala tayong duda sa sinseridad ng ating Bise Presidente sa kanyang layunin na hanapan ng tunay na solusyon ang problema sa iligal na droga sa bansa,” he said.

“Maliwanag ang naging pahayag ng ating Bise Pangulo na sa pagtanggap niya sa nasabing hamon ay tututulan nya ang araw-araw na patayan, papanagutin niya ang mga ninja cops, at hahabulin niya ang mga sindikato ng droga at mga kasabwat nito na nasa likod ng pagpapalusot ng tone-toneladang shabu sa BoC. Dahil dito, buo ang ating pagsuporta sa kanya,” he added.

He added that before Robredo’s announcement of her acceptance of the post, the party discussed and weighed its pros and cons.

“Pinag-usapan sa partido ang offer. Tinimbang ang mga pros at cons. At kahit alam ni VP Leni na maaaring patibong ito, tinanggap niya ang hamon. Mas matimbang sa kanya ang mga mahihirap nating kababayan na target ng madugong drug war,” he said.

Robredo’s camp initially expressed wariness on Duterte’s offer for her to co-lead the government’s war on drugs, even calling the appointment “meaningless,” and the post “problematic” and “non-existent.

But despite questions surrounding the offer, the vice president said she would accept the task and focus on what she can contribute to the anti-drug campaign.

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