One of President Rodrigo Duterte’s “priority” measures – the reimposition of the death penalty on heinous crimes – may face a major hurdle, as bills on the matter have been referred to a committee chaired by anti-death penalty Sen. Leila de Lima.
Sen. Panfilo Lacson, one of the lawmakers who filed bills to re-impose the death penalty, said he would have wanted to expedite it in his Senate committee.
“Unfortunately hindi siya sa committee ko na-refer. Sa (committee on) Justice and Human Rights, kay Sen. De Lima, at saka sa (committee on) revision of codes and laws. I was anticipating sa akin because ang mandate ng (committee on) public order and illegal drugs, anything that has to do with peace and order pwede i-refer sa committee ko,” he said in an interview on ANC on Monday.
Lacson, who served as Philippine National Police chief from 1999 to 2001, favors the revival of the death penalty to deal with heinous crimes including drug-related offenses.
His bill covers other heinous crimes including terrorism, plunder, treason, and parricide.
“Unfortunately for me I wanted it pushed sana expeditiously, pwedeng hindi nangyari,” he said.