WATCH: Congress trims down crimes to be charged with death penalty

The House Majority Block has trimmed down crimes that would be charged with death penalty during their session on March 1.

The congress discarded plunder, rape and treason in the crime list and sustained drug related crimes except for illegal possession of drugs.

"One compelling reason kung bakit ay hinahanapan ng statistika ang mga ito. Sa war on drugs dito ang daming nakulong, ang daming natokhang, mayroon pang EJK. It's a matter of providing compelling reasons for those to be approved," House Justice Committee Chairman Representative Reynaldo Umali said.

On the other hand Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman said the house is doing this in order to pass the death penalty and convince representatives to vote.

However he emphasized he will never vote for it.

"I don't think they are really interested in the death penalty, they just want to support the war on drugs of the president," Lagman added.

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