THE bill seeking the revival of the Death Penalty Law was easily approved by the House subcommittee on justice, and will goes next to the mother committee for approval.
At yesterday’s hearing, at least six members of the subcommittee on judicial reforms agreed to reinstate the death penalty for all crimes, including drug-related and heinous.
The main author of the measure, Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, earlier said the House of Representatives will approve this measure before the Christmas break.
The death penalty has been suspended since 2006 with the enactment of Republic Act No. 9346 or An Act Prohibiting the Imposition of Death Penalty in the Philippines.
However, during the presidential campaign and in the first days of his term, President Rodrigo Duterte announced his intention to revive the death penalty as he launched a bold campaign against illegal drugs.
Under the death penalty measure, the lethal injection will be the mode of state-sanctioned killing for heinous crimes.
The capital punishment will be implemented against human trafficking, illegal recruitment, plunder, treason, parricide, infanticide, rape, qualified piracy, bribery, kidnapping, illegal detention, robbery with violence against or intimidation of persons, car theft, destructive arson, terrorism and drug-related cases.
“There is evidently a need to reinvigorate the war against criminality by reviving a proven deterrent coupled by its consistent, persistent and determined implementation, and this need is as compelling and critical as any,” Alvarez said.
“The imposition of the death penalty for heinous crimes and the mode of its implementation, both subjects of repealed laws, are crucial components of an effective dispensation of both reformative and retributive justice,” he added.
But the House Minority Magnificent 7 expressed strong opposition saying the bill’s approval is being railroaded.
“The railroading has started. The House leaders want to reach the terminal before the Christmas break,” Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman said.
According to Lagman, the hearings conducted by the subcommittee did not establish that the death penalty is a deterrent to crime.
Akbayan Rep. Tom Villarin said that even the Philippine National Police (PNP) failed to show accurate reports and records to prove the death penalty helped to lower the crime rate in the country.
The death penalty was imposed during the administrations of former President Fidel Ramos and Joseph Estrada but was abolished at the time of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in 2006.