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Lagman rues grim Xmas message for Pinoys as subpanel OKs return of death penalty

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Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman said that the House of Representatives (HOR) has a grim Christmas message to Filipinos, if the passage of a substitute bill on the reimposition of the death penalty is anything to go by.

“The message of the House leadership is this: Have a deadly Christmas,” Lagman said in a press conference Tuesday, November 29.

The Bicolano politiko was referring to the “rushed” passage of the substitute bill before the subcommittee on Justice, which took place sans a Committee report.

“After all of the presentations and position papers made by the resource persons, I think it was incumbent on the subcommittee to synthesize the reports and take a position in fairness to those who gave their views. But this was not done,” he said.

The measure that hurdled the subcommittee Tuesday bats for the reimposition of capital punishment on a collection of heinous crimes, but Lagman said some of these offenses lacked a “compelling reason” to warrant the death penalty.

“There’s no compelling reason for the death penalty to be imposed on these crimes. The Constitution says there should be a compelling reason.

“It’s so disturbing that the culture of death is upon us,” Lagman lamented.