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Death Penalty Bill Receives House Priority

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by Pauline Denisse Rivera | Jul 28, 2016
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The House of Representatives has placed the reimposition of the death penalty in its agenda, in line with President Rodrigo Duterte's war against illegal drugs and crime.

On Tuesday, Congress heard the proposal to reimpose the death penalty for heinous crimes, BusinessWorld reported.

As per the death penalty bill received on June 30, illegal sales and use of drugs are the root causes of "the most perverse and atrocious crimes."

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Bill authors House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and Capiz Representative Fredenil Castro said existing laws are not fully effective in discouraging the use of illegal drugs. They added that the abolishment of the death penalty back in 2006 due to mounting pressure from religious groups has weakened the country's criminal justice system.

The proposal to reinforce the bill arose amidst the new administration's aggressive campaign against illegal drugs, which has seen over 200 people killed in the past month alone.


However, while the president had called for death by hanging, the bill suggests lethal injection as a method of administering the punishment.

Still, reimposing the death penalty remains among the top priorities of the House of Representatives.

Other legislative agendas include the lowering of minimum age of criminal responsibility from 15 to nine years old, and the revision of the 1987 Constitution, among others.


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