SPEAKER Pantaleon Alvarez assured the public that the Philippines will not violate any international agreements if the death penalty is restored.
Alvarez pointed out that many countries -- including the most powerful nation in the world, the United States -- continue to impose capital punishment.
“In fact, dito sa Asya, tayo lang ang natatanging bansa na hindi nagpapatupad ng death penalty. Now, outside Asia, magbibigay lang ako ng isang halimbawa, ang pinakamakapangyarihang bansa sa buong mundo, ang Estados Unidos, ay mayroong death penalty,” Alvarez said.
The Speaker instructed Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas to set the debate on the restoration of the death sentence by January next year.
While he wanted the death penalty measure approved before Christmas break, Alvarez realized that intensive debates on the floor are needed and appropriate.
Just recently, the House Committee on Justice approved the measure seeking to reimpose the death penalty as capital punishment for heinous crimes.
In the bill, at least 22 crimes, including drug-related ones, are punishable by death, by hanging, lethal injection or electric chair.