Senators Pacquiao, Go Seek Bills To Bring Back Death Penalty

Christopher "Bong" Go were asking for the bill to revive the death penalty in the Philippines. Is the country was now really ready to bring back the death penalty?

Senators Manny Pacquiao and Christopher "Bong" Go were asking for the bill to revive the death penalty in the Philippines. Is the country was now really ready to bring back the death penalty?

Bong Go was filing Senate Bill 207 which aims to restore the death penalty for extreme crimes, especially on offenses that were associated with drugs and plunder. Go proposes a fatal injection for the convicted offenders in his interview.

Senate Bill 207 said that,

“Towards this end, the State shall rationalize penal sanctions and impose the befitting penalty reserved by the Constitution for the most heinous crimes, for being grievous, odious, and hateful offenses, which by reason of their inherent or manifest wickedness, viciousness, atrocity, and perversity, are repugnant and outrageous to the common standards and norms of decency and morality in a just, civilized, and ordered society.”

Senate Bill 189 of Senator Pacquiao, on the other hand, was trying to improve the Republic Act 9165 which was the Comprehensive Drugs Act of 2002. This aims to the penalty of reclusion Perpetua or life imprisonment to d3ath. There will worth 1 million to 10 million penalties that will be forced and required those people who found guilty of carrying illegal drugs and selling.

Those people who will be found guilty for protecting and guarding illegal drugs needed to pay for a penalty that is worth 500k to 1 million pesos. Pacquiao stated in SB 189,

“Drug trafficking remains a highly lucrative illicit business with limited risks due to systemic poverty, ineffective criminal justice institutions, outdated drug control laws, poorly controlled maritime borders, and public corruption.”

Meanwhile, Senator Tito Sotto III stated that in the 18th Congress, it was still possible to take back the d3ath penalty. This will be the priority and next focus of the Congress on their next assembly. But he still didn't verify it will have a continuous method to bring back the law. This was not what each of the politicians was voting for. He stated in an interview,

“It is possible but I cannot say if it will have higher chances because of the non-cloture rule in the Senate.”

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