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Lagman explains why there’s no party position for LP on death penalty

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The tattered Liberal Party (LP) this 17th Congress would rather have a conscience vote than a party vote on the proposed restoration of death penalty.

“As of now, wala pang party position sapagkat ang gusto namin dyan ay conscience vote. Pero ang karamihan ng mga members ng LP, kasama na yong mga senador, ay tutol sa reimposition ng death penalty,” Albay 1st district Rep. Edcel Lagman claimed Sunday (January 15)

Lagman said that most of the LP remnants are in a bind regarding the issue due to their existing alliance with the PDP-Laban-led Supermajority in the House of Representatives (HOR).

He said these 28 or so LP solons have been purposely silent on death penalty.

“Silent dahil ayaw nilang pahalata sa kanilang desisyon at ayaw nilang ma-pressure,” Lagman said. PDP-Laban is chaired by President Rodrigo Duterte, the top proponent of the return of capital punishment.

But for LP stalwarts like Lagman who are part of the seven-member opposition bloc, they can afford to be vocal about their stand.

“Yong mga kapares ko na nasa authentic Minority ay walang problema. Kaming pito ay talagang tutol dito sa reimposition ng death penalty. Incidentally, ako ang main author ng RA 9346 noong 2006 naging batas, abolishing the death penalty,” he said.