SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union – La Union 1st District Representative Pablo Ortega said here that the judiciary would play a very important role once the death penalty is restored because they will be deciding heinous crimes cases with reclusion perpetuaor life imprisonment to death.
“Judges should study carefully that those who will be charged with heinous crimes will be investigated properly. They should study well if the accused deserve the death penalty,” Ortega said.
Ortega, a member of the majority bloc, said he is in favor of the death penalty as long as it will be implemented and amended properly.
“I am for the death penalty but there are some amendments that will be made to ensure that only those who deserve to be meted with death sentence will be punished,” he said.
Ortega said that majority of the congressmen in the ruling coalition are in favor of the death penalty although they just want that some of their proposals for amendment would be accommodated.
“We conducted a majority caucus to hear the different views of the congressmen and what are their proposals for amendments so that the bill will be implemented properly. Some of our colleagues are against it but they were convinced when the bill was properly explained by Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas and Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez.
Ortega discounted the pronouncement of Alvarez that those members of the majority who are against the bill would be expelled from the coalition.
“That’s not true. The Speaker just wants clarification from opposing members for their proposals for amendments,” he said.
Ortega said he is not in favor of the inclusion of plunder in the list covered by the death penalty because he said it is sometimes being made as reason for political revenge.
Alvarez, a staunch ally of President Duterte, is determined to have the bill passed on 3rd and final reading before the 17th Congress takes a break on March 18. Jun Elias/Northbound Philippines News