Returning Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson frowned over the initial statement of Senator Ralph Recto saying in substance that the latter will propose the bill regarding death penalty to be effective only during the six-year term of incoming President Rodrigo Duterte.
“I don’t agree. The Senate is a self-respecting institution and should not legislate to please the incumbent President of the Philippines which obviously is what will be projected to our people if we include a sunset provision limiting the effectivity of the proposed legislation on the restoration of the death penalty,” Lacson said.
“My take is, either we vote for or against the measure once it reaches the Senate floor depending on our own conviction but definitely not to accommodate the President of the Republic,” he added.
Recto earlier said that he is “personally against the death penalty but assuming it will be restored, I will propose it be imposed only for six years or only during the term of President Duterte,”
However, Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III is open to Recto’s proposal, saying there would be no problem since any law can be repealed.
“That’s a novel approach but baka mag-open tayo ng new debates about that,” he said.
(That’s a novel approach but we might open new debates about that.)
“Anyway, ‘pag nabago na po ang mood ng taumbayan, nagbago na po ang mood ng legislators, ng policymakers, it can be repealed any time. There’s no irrepealable law so anytime, when the time comes, it can be repealed. Pwede na pong hindi ilagay ‘yang sunset provision sa batas,” Pimentel said.
(Anyway, if the mood of the people changes, if the mood of the legislators and policymakers change, it can be repealed any time. There’s no irrepealable law so anytime, when the time comes, it can be repealed. A law may not anymore embody such sunset provision.)
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