Lagman to House secgen: Release official tally of Terror Bill votes

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Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman on Sunday said he requested House Secretary General Jose Luis Montales for a certification on how the lawmakers voted on the controversial Anti-Terrorism Bill last June 3 “to ascertain the real score of the voting.”

In a June 6 letter sent on Sunday, Lagman, a vocal critic of the bill, said he asked the House secretariat to provide the names of those who voted yes, no or abstained during the third reading of House Bill 6875.

He said there was need for the verified certification because there “appears to be some confusion on the tabulation of votes as evidenced by changes and corrections made in the result of the voting by the attending staff of the Secretariat.”

Lagman, who earlier asked Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano to recall the passage on third reading of the bill, said that the certified true copy of the voting must be “based on the individual voting in the Plenary and by Zoom as recorded in our All Members Viber Community.”

The data requested includes the names of Representatives who voted: a) “yes”; b) “yes” with reservation c) “no”; and d) “abstain”

Lagman also asked that the certification should also include the names of those who subsequently changed their votes.

“A public disclosure of the voting record would also afford Representatives to clarify how they actually voted or that they did not vote at all.” Lagman added.