House approves death penalty; Senate next arena

News Philippines Mar 10, 2017 at 3:43 pm
Cavite Respresentative (3rd District) Alex Advincula shows his vote as members of the 17th congress vote on House Bill 4727 or the Death Penalty Bill during the third and final reading at the House of Representatives in Quezon City on March 7. Miguel De Guzman / PHILIPPINE STAR

Cavite Respresentative (3rd District) Alex Advincula shows his vote as members of the 17th congress vote on House Bill 4727 or the Death Penalty Bill during the third and final reading at the House of Representatives in Quezon City on March 7. Miguel De Guzman / PHILIPPINE STAR

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House Bill 4727, or an act imposing the death penalty on certain heinous crimes, was approved last night after securing 217 affirmative votes from the lawmakers, as against 54 negative votes and one abstention.

Earlier in Tuesday’s session, Liberal Party (LP) Rep. Edcel C. Lagman of Albay (2nd district) tried to stop the death penalty’s third-reading approval on technical grounds, saying this violates the three day-notice rule prescribed by Article VI, Section 26 (2) of the Constitution.

The rule states that: “No bill passed by either House shall become a law unless it has passed three readings on separate days and printed copies thereof in its final form had been distributed to its Members three days before its passage, except when the President certifies to the necessity of its immediate enactment….”

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