Sunday, August 5, 2018

Re-imposing the death penalty for horrifying drug related offenses

Mode of proposed death penalty: Hanging, firing squad, or lethal. Image credit to CNN Philippines
According to Malacañang, the death penalty’s re-imposition for drug related violations remains the administration's need in spite of Pope Francis' assertion that death penalty is unsatisfactory in all cases.

The restoration of capital punishment for drug related offenses is currently up to the Senate, said Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque.

“It is still the priority of the administration to reimpose the death penalty for serious drug-related offenses but the decision, because it was already passed by Congress, is now up to the Senate,” Roque said in a press conference in Bukidnon.

Roque also said that the President would still attempt his “gentle persuasion” and yet it is the choice of the senators now. Senate Majority Leader Miguel Zubiri, who is from Bukidnon was with Secretary Roque at the Press conference and yet he did not remark on the issue of death penalty.

The House of Representatives passed House Bill No. 4727, trying to re-impose the death penalty for horrifying drug related offenses on March 2017.

“So we leave it to the Senate whatever decision they may have,” said Roque. 

Senate President Tito Sotto already proclaimed help for the reclamation of capital punishment for abnormal state drug trafficking cases. He recorded a Senate charge trying to re-impose the death penalty for "appalling violations" in 2014. And in 2006 the Death Penalty was nullified in the Philippines.

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Daily Pilipinas Source: PTV

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