House nods to restoration of Death Penalty on third and final reading

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — The House of Representatives has finally given its nod to restore capital punishment in the country.

With 217 votes in favor, 54 not in favor, and 1 abstention, lawmakers on Tuesday approved on third and final reading the Death Penalty bill — making offenses related to manufacturing and trading in illegal drugs punishable by death.

Opposition Congressmen tried to delay the voting by arguing that the voting is premature and does not comply with three-day rule — giving members of the House ample time to study the bill.

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Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman said distribution of copies of death penalty bill last Thursday is invalid. He argued the staff, and not the congressmen, received the copies.

He added, Congressmen were only able to receive copies of death penalty bill on Monday.

But Majority leader Rodolfo Fariñas said personal service to office of the congressmen, received by the clerk or staff is a valid delivery.

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