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On the Signing of bill abolishing Death Penalty into law June 25, 2006

Posted by s511 in Death Penalty, Human Rights.
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Death pen repeal is the fruit of historical struggle for human rights advocates and puts the Philippines on the global map, but extrajudicial killings should be solved next.
June 24, 2006

Repealing the death penalty law is the sweet fruit borne of more than a decade of historical struggle for the promotion of human rights in the Philippines. It gives the Philippines a well-deserved niche as one among Asia’s leading human rights advocates in the global map. It spells a breakthrough in human rights legislation and makes the country more deserving of its new role in being elected member of the United Nations Human Rights Council this year.

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Marcos compromise is not the solution to land reform June 24, 2006

Posted by s511 in agrarian reform, Akbayan Issues, Human Rights, Marcos Wealth.
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AKBAYAN party-List Representative Etta Rosales today warned against using CARP as an excuse to further entertain the idea of entering into a compromise agreement with the Marcoses regarding their ill-gotten wealth.

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Explanation of Vote re Abolition of Death Penalty June 7, 2006

Posted by s511 in Akbayan Issues, Death Penalty, Explanation of Votes, Human Rights, Legislation, Speeches.
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(from official transcript of records)

June 6, 2006, 8:25 p.m.
Plenary 2nd Session
Thirteenth Congress

I vote yes for the repeal of Republic Act 7659 abolishing the imposition of the death penalty.

May I just say – express my appreciation to my colleagues here in the House of Representatives because the campaign for the abolition of death penalty goes a long way from the Eleventh Congress. I do remember that in the Eleventh Congress there was a moratorium on the implementation of the death penalty law but the Supreme Court decided to push for the enforcement of the law – Republic Act 7659. And this was brought about precisely because they were convinced by the position of the House of Representatives. There was a list of the Members of the House who felt that in fact the death penalty should be imposed and that the moratorium, if I am not mistaken, should be lifted.

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It is Time to Abolish the Death Penalty June 6, 2006

Posted by s511 in Akbayan Issues, Death Penalty, Explanation of Votes, Legislation, Speeches.
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June 6, 2006, 8:25 p.m.
Plenary 2nd Session
Thirteenth Congress

I vote yes for the repeal of Republic Act 7659 abolishing the imposition of the death penalty.

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