President Rodrigo Duterte trusts the wisdom of our lawmakers to see that the enactment death penalty would benefit the nation not only by instilling respect for the law and by ending impunity and ensuring that those who commit heinous crimes are prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
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[VIDEO]: Sa Enero na itinakda ang debate sa Kamara para sa isinusulong na pagbabalik ng death penalty sa bansa. Sa kabila naman ng super majority, iginiit ng mga tutol sa panukala na hindi magiging madali ang pagpasa nito.
Main Author of Death Penalty Bill
Capiz Congressman Fredenil Castro was against the reimposition of the death penalty in 2006 is now its main author. He explains that the faces of crimes in the country has changed. They are now on its most heinous, pervasive and obnoxious that no normal mind can accept. Therefore, the guilty must be eliminated to prevent them from terrorizing the community.
Opposing the Death Penalty
Congressman Edcel Lagman who advocates for reproductive health bill criticizes the reimposition of the death penalty and labeled it as bloody New Year – if the re-battle among congressmen and senators on the subject pushes through this early. The President, however, is not in a hurry to implement it. He is leaving the matter to the lawmakers.
Death PenaltyDuring the Marcos Regime
From 1946 to 1961, 51 people were electrocuted. President Ferdinand Marcos himself was sentenced to death in 1939 for the murder of his father’s political rival, Julio Nalundasan, but he was acquitted on appeal while acting as his own lawyer. Three execution took place in May 1972, when Jaime Jose, Basilio Pineda, and Edgardo Aquino were electrocuted for the 1967 abduction and gang-rape of young actress Maggie dela Riva. The electric chair was used until 1976 but replaced by firing squad as the sole method of execution. Under the Marcos regime, drug trafficking was punishable by death by firing squad. The first case is the execution of Lim Seng by firing squad.
First in Asia to Abolish Death Penalty
In 1986 after the Marcos rule, the newly drafted 1987 Constitution prohibited the death penalty but allowed Congress to reinstate a “hereafter” for heinous crimes,” making the Philippines the first Asian country to abolish capital punishment. The justice system must be very efficient to reinstall the death penalty again to avoid prosecuting innocents on death row. The senators have real tough job to do.