TACLOBAN CITY- Rep. Victoria Isabel of the An Waray party-list group said that she is in favor for the reimposition of death penalty in the country.
She, however, clarified that the death penalty should only be imposed to drug-related cases.
Noel said that the entire members of the House of Representatives are set to vote on Monday (Jan.23) whether the death penalty covering drug-related and other heinous crimes should be reimposed.
“I am only for the imposition of the death penalty to drug-related crimes. However, the (justice) committee approved that death penalty should also be imposed to other high crimes and not just on drug-related crimes,” Noel said.
The proposal will be deliberated at the plenary wherein all members of the Lower House will vote for or against it.
The death penalty was suspended during the incumbency of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo who is now serving as a congresswoman of Pampanga.
Asked if she and other solons coming from the region have reached a consensus on the matter, Noel said that they have none.
“We don’t have any single stand on the matter,” she said.
Noel also said that she has not been approached by any member of the Catholic Church which is leading against the reimposition of the death penalty in the country which is a Catholic-dominated nation.
With the reimposition of the death penalty, the An Waray party-list solon believes that it could serve as a strong deterrent against those who appears to commit heinous crimes, including on illegal drugs. (LIZBETH ANN A. ABELLA, JOEY A. GABIETA)