Monday, March 27, 2017

Fariñas explains how Majority was ‘bullied’ in death penalty proceedings

Don’t look now but it’s the House Majority that’s claiming that they were the ones “bullied” by the anti-death penalty restoration lawmakers.

According to Majority Leader Rudy Fariñas, it is the will of the Filipino people to reimpose capital punishment in the country, consistent with President Rodrigo Duterte’s own desire.

“The people want the death penalty reimposed as expressed thru their representatives in our caucuses and shown by them in our sessions, but a minor group against it has been bullying the majority from expressing its will,” he said Thursday, March 2, a day after the controversial measure was passed on 2nd reading.

Fariñas said that the anti-death penalty solons’ bullying began when they “demanded” Majority solon to remain at the session hall during their interpellations against the bill.

“How many times did they prevent themselves from supposedly expressing their views by questioning the quorum themselves? They would not want to proceed with their interpellations if the majority of the members was not present to listen to them.”

Fariñas earlier said that a solon cannot be halted from leaving the hall if he or she is not interested in listening to the proceedings.

The House leader claimed that the Majority was bullied again Wednesday when the anti-death penalty politikos “[introduced] amendments that were outrightly unacceptable since they were irreconcilable with the death penalty.”

“After such were rejected, they would appeal them to the Body and demand nominal voting on every question,” he added. Each attempt was voted down by the Majority congressmen, who were obviously superior in number.

“It was high time for the Majority to stand up to bullying tactics of a few members!” Fariñas further said.

The sentiment among the anti-death penalty solons was that they were “ran over” by the bill’s passage .

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