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Lagman talks about ‘secret weapon’ vs. death penalty

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The moves to restore death penalty in the Philippines will be met with opposition inside and outside of Congress.

Thus, said Albay 1st district Rep. Edcel Lagman Sunday (January 15) or a day before the scheduled resumption of sessions at the House of Representatives (HOR).

“Mayroon kaming broad coalition of legislators, civil society organization, NGOs, religious leaders galing sa Catholic Church at iba pang denomination, mga kabataan at estudyante na lalaban dito sa proposal ng Majority leadership hinggil sa hatol ng kamatayan o parusang kamatayan,” the politiko said.

Lagman is part of the HOR’s opposition bloc, which has vowed to resist the “culture of death and violence” that is being imposed by President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration.

“Always inside and outside Congress. At kung ang members ng coalition ay pwedeng bumoto against death penalty ay tapos na ang boksing,” he said, adding that the Majority does not have enough votes to pass death penalty restoration.

“Malaki ang grupo. Ayaw ko lang sabihin kung gaano kalaki. I don’t want to telegraph our punches. Ayaw ipaalam kung gaano kalaki dahil baka i-pressure na naman ang mga kasama,” the Bicolano solon said.