#NoToDeathPenalty trends as House approves bill on 2nd reading

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#NoToDeathPenalty trends as House approves bill on 2nd reading
(UPDATED) Advocates against capital punishment post messages that indicate where they reside, urging their representatives to vote against the bill

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Many online users, took to Twitter and Facebook to oppose the death penalty bill that passed on second reading on Wednesday, March 1.

House Bill (HB) Number 4727, which seeks to reimpose the death penalty for several drug-related crimes, will now go through 3rd and final reading on Monday, March 6, before the House transmits it to the Senate.

Before and immediately after the measure was approved Wednesday night, advocates against capital punishment posted messages that indicate where they reside, urging their representatives to vote against the bill. 

On Wednesday night, the hashtag #NoToDeathPenalty generated more than 5,000 tweets, pushing it to the top 3 spot in Twitter’s trending topics in the Philippines. 

Below are some of the online posts:

Many netizens noted that capital punishment must not be imposed while the justice system in the Philippines is not yet fixed.

Meanwhile, Vice President Leni Robredo and her allies also registered their opposition to the passage of the bill.

Ateneo de Davao President Fr Joel Tabora, SJ, a close friend of President Rodrigo Duterte, also called on legislators to junk the bill. 

 The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has denounced the House’s move to restore capital punishment in the country, saying “no person is beyond redemption.”


Various human rights advocates and international organizations have earlier added their voices to the growing clamor to stop the revival of the death penalty in the Philippines. (READ: A lethal mix: Death penalty and a ‘flawed’, corrupt justice system)

Pro-death penalty

However, other online users welcomed the decision of an overwhelming majority in the House of Representatives:

In Rappler’s Facebook poll as of 9 am, Thursday, March 2, almost 13,000 people said they were for death penalty while about 3,000 said they were against it.

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