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Death penalty revival eyed

  • Written by Jester P. Manalastas
  • Published in Nation
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THE drug trade inside the New Bilibid Prisons, which was probed by the House Committee on Justice, has opened the door for Congress to debate the revival of the dealth penalty.

The reimposition of the death penalty is one of the recommendations made by the committee chaired by Misamis Oriental Rep. Reynaldo Umali, after the illegal drug investigation in the House of Representatives.
    
House committee report 14 was submitted in the plenary and was adopted by the majority members of the House.
    
In the report, the committee said there is strong proof that illegal drugs such as shabu has proliferated inside the national penitentiary because it was allowed by Senator Leila de Lima, then Justice Secretary.
    
Administration allies believe that there is a need to revive the death penalty, especially for crimes related to drugs.
    
No less than President Rodrigo Dutere pitched his desire to reimpose death as capital punishment, particularly on .
    
In an interview, Umali said that now that the drug probe has been terminated, the committee will shift its attention to other pending measures, such as death denalty bill.
    
To date, pending before Congress is House Bill 01 or the first Death Penalty Bill authored by Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez.
    
Alvarez proposal is death penalty through lethal injection and not by hanging as President Duterte had proposed.
    
The two solons want the revival of the capital punishment to sanction against heinous crimes.
    
The bill seeks to reimpose capital punishment for 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“The imposition of the death penalty for heinous crimes and the mode of its implementation, both subjects of repealed laws, are crucial components of an effective dispensation of both reformative and retributive justice,” he added.
 
Alvarez and Castro said the national crime rate has grown to an “alarming proportion” that it requires an “all-out offensive against all forms of felonious acts.”
   
“Our criminal justice system has been emasculated in no small measure by the non-deterrent nature of impossible penalties on the most depraved violations of human life, honor and dignity,” they said.
   
Death penalty was imposed during the administration of former Presidents Fidel Ramos and Joseph Estrada. However, ex-president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo abolished it in 2006.
   
At least, seven convicts were executed during the Estrada administration, for crimes ranging from rape to robbery with murder.