Death penalty revival bill in plenary
LATEST UPDATE: February 1, 2017 - 10:12am
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QUEZON CITY
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
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February 1, 2017

Northern Samar Rep. Raul Daza says the opponents of the death penalty won a delay at Congress after Tuesday's plenary.

The House of Representatives is set to tackle the death penalty today on the floor. A total of 224 lawmakers reportedly responded to a roll call, with the chair declaring the presence of a quorum enough to vote on decisions or proposed legislation.

Bugay party-list Rep. Lito Atienza then questions the presence of a quorum and asks for a recount.

The Catholic bishops' conference released a statement a day before the bill seeking to revive the death penalty is taken up in the House of Representatives plenary session.

"The Gospel of the Lord Jesus is the Gospel of Life. It is this Gospel we must preach. It is this Gospel that we must uphold. We therefore unequivocally oppose proposals and moves to return the death penalty into the Philippine legal system," the bishops said in a statement.

Human rights group also oppose the proposed measure, which is backed by President Rodrigo Duterte. They argue that capital punishment has long been disproved to be a deterrent against crime.

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