SPEAKER Pantaleon Alvarez brushed aside the big number of interpellators who are against the death penalty.
Alvarez said despite the number of anti-death penalty solons, he is still confident that the measure will be approved during the term of President Rodrigo Duterte.
“Ang sinasabi ko dito, maipapasa ito. Later malalaman din natin ang number nito,” Alvarez said.
Earlier, a list of interpellators was already submitted to plenary. They include the initial 25 solons who will express their opposition to the restoration of capital punishment for heinous crimes.
According to one of the Minority leaders, Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman, about 50 lawmakers — and still counting — will question the House Bill 4727. Most of those against are from the supermajority bloc.
But the Speaker said he is not bothered by the number as he is pretty sure that the bill will be approved.
He pointed out that, in terms of party stand, the PDP-Laban is fully supporting it.
“Hinayaan ko munang mabuti na magkaroon ng debate, di ba, para naman mailabas lahat kung ano yung saloobin,” Alvarez said.
When asked if he will impose a party vote instead of conscience vote, Alvarez said “everything is possible.”