President Rodrigo Duterte has renewed his push for the restoration of the death penalty in the Philippines.
His allies at the House of Representatives wasted no time and revived the hearings in the middle of a global pandemic, slammed as ill-timed even by some bill sponsors.
From the death penalty's demise in Congress in 2017 to its resurrection now, the Duterte government and its allies still have no data to prove their claim that it has a deterrent effect.
Because even though the 1987 Constitution allows for the death penalty for "compelling reasons involving heinous crimes," the Philippines ratified in 2007 the 2nd optional protocol of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), which bans it.
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