March 2, 2017
Bam: No rush, no secret votes on death penalty proposal
No railroading, no secret votes.
Sen. Bam Aquino said the Senate must allow the proper legislative process to run its course on the proposal to restore the death penalty.
"We will not allow it to be rushed. We must ensure that proper debate on the matter be conducted," said Sen. Bam, the newly designated deputy minority leader.
In addition, Sen. Bam said senators must reveal their respective votes on the proposal to ensure accountability and transparency.
"We will not allow votes to be anonymous or hidden and we will ensure accountability among our colleagues," said Sen. Bam.
"Bilang mga kinatawan ng mamamayan, dapat panindigan ng bawat senador ang kanilang magiging boto at kung kailangan ipaliwanag ang kanilang posisyon sa taumbayan," he added.
Through this, Sen. Bam said the Senate will show that it can still be an independent institution even with the heightened political strife in the country.
The House drew flak after it approved the death penalty on second reading via viva voce vote, or through loud voices.
Earlier, Sen. Bam declared that the new minority will actively participate in debates once the proposal reaches the Senate floor.
"Buhay po ang nakasasalalay dito kaya mahalaga na dumaan sa tamang proseso. Sa tingin po namin, dehado na naman ang mga kababayan nating mahihirap sa death penalty kaya tutol po kami rito," the senator said.
"I am still hopeful that my fellow senators will not vote across partisan lines and vote with their conscience on this matter. In the end, we may even be enough to take a stand," he added.
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