Death Penalty in the Philippines - updates

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CHR: Reviving death penalty will lead to cycle of violence in PH

Oct 10, 2019 - 1:00 PM

On the World Day Against the Death Penalty, CHR Commissioner Karen Gomez Dumpit notes the suffering of 'unseen victims' of capital punishment, including the children of people sentenced to death

REVIVAL? The death penalty was abolished in the Philippines in 2006. File photo by Joel Nito/AFP

Death penalty for retribution? 'Not all victims want revenge' – CHR

Sep 24, 2019 - 4:30 PM

CHR Commissioner Karen Gomez Dumpit says reviving the death penalty will not deter criminals, and revenge as motivation would only 'perpetuate a culture of violence'

LIVE: House hearing on the death penalty bill

Sep 24, 2019 - 9:24 AM

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Pacquiao: Trust Supreme Court justices in deciding death penalty cases

Aug 06, 2019 - 6:55 PM

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon says: 'In this imperfect world, death can be imposed. And this imposition of death penalty is irrevocable because you can't bring back the life.'

DEATH PENALTY. Senator Manny Pacquiao, a Born-again Christian, gives a privilege speech on his proposal to reimposition of death penalty for high-level drug traffickers. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[OPINION | Dash of SAS] Applause for death, drugs, sex jokes – that is the State of the Nation

Jul 30, 2019 - 11:00 AM

The ramifications of these will outlast the next 3 years. Our institutions are compromised and, along with it, our values as a people.

House Minority Leader Abante backs return of death penalty

Jul 24, 2019 - 1:16 PM

Manila 6th District Representative Benny Abante says he wants capital punishment only for certain heinous crimes, including plunder and rape

DEATH PENALTY BACKER. House Minority Leader Bienvenido Abante Jr is a supporter of the death penalty bill. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Pacquiao wants death penalty by firing squad for drug traffickers

Jul 23, 2019 - 7:46 PM

Meanwhile, evangelical Senator Manny Pacquiao supports inclusion of plunder for crimes punishable under the proposed death penalty bill

BACK TO WORK. Senator Manny Pacquiao returns to the Senate on July 23, 2019, 3 days after winning the WBA superwelterweight from undeafeated champion Keith Thurman. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Guevarra backs death penalty: It may 'somehow deter crimes'

Jul 23, 2019 - 1:51 PM

'Ordinary human behavior indicates that the fear of being put to death...will naturally prompt a criminally minded person to think twice,' says Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra

DEATH PENALTY. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra backs President Rodrigo Duterte's pet death penalty bill. File photo by Malacañang

Sotto expects 'heavy debate' over death penalty for plunder convicts

Jul 22, 2019 - 10:17 PM

Four senators have filed bills seeking to reinstate the death penalty for heinous crimes related to drugs, but only one – Bong Go – wants the plunder covered

CONVINCE. Senate President Vicente Sotto III says he will discuss the death penalty bill with other lawmakers. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte pushes for return of death penalty for drug crimes, plunder

Jul 22, 2019 - 5:50 PM

For the second time, President Rodrigo Duterte uses his State of the Nation Address to ask Congress to bring back the death penalty

Sotto: 'Very divisive' death penalty bill priority in Senate debates

Jul 22, 2019 - 3:27 PM

The Senate will also prioritize the proposed Anti-Terrorism Act which amends the Human Security Act of 2007, says Senate President Vicente Sotto III

PRIORITY. Senate President Vicente Sotto III says death penalty is among the priority bills to discussed in the 18th Congress. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Instead of death penalty, De Lima pushes 50 years in jail without parole

Jul 06, 2019 - 3:34 PM

'To impose death penalty at a time when the Philippine justice system is still plagued by perceived corruption and inefficiency will open our country to irrerversible errors and the possibility of executing innocent citizens,' Senator Leila de Lima says in pushing for the qualified reclusion perpetua bill

QUALIFIED RECLUSION PERPETUA. Detained senator Leila de Lima files a qualified reclusion perpetua bill as an alternative to death penalty. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Bato: Death penalty bill for drug trafficking 'not anti-poor'

Jul 04, 2019 - 2:11 PM

'Deterrence talaga 'yan. Sampolan natin. Firing squad natin sa Luneta. Tignan natin kung maghakot sila ng shabu dito satin,' says Senator Ronald dela Rosa on his version of death penalty bill

NEOPHYTE. Senator Ronald €œ'Bato'€ dela Rosa faces the Senate media at the weekly forum of Kapihan sa Senado on July 4, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva

Sotto doubts senators will support death penalty for plunder

Jul 03, 2019 - 5:25 PM

Senate President Vicente Sotto III says the bill seeking to reimpose the death penalty for drug trafficking stands a better chance in the Senate

DEATH PENALTY. Senate President Vicente Sotto III expressed support on the bill reinstating death penalty for cases of plunder  File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Pacquiao, Bong Go file bills on death penalty for illegal drugs cases

Jul 02, 2019 - 5:27 PM

(UPDATED) Senator Christopher 'Bong' Go says he included plunder in his version of the death penalty bill because President Rodrigo Duterte is 'desperate' to end corruption

DEATH PENALTY. Senator Christopher 'Bong' Go files his own version of the bill reinstating death penalty. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Davao boys to push for death penalty in Senate

Jun 25, 2019 - 3:37 PM

'Marami tayong kakampi diyan. Ngayon, tulungan na kami,' says incoming Senator Ronald dela Rosa on the prospects of passing a law reimposing death penalty

DAVAO BOYS. Senators-elect Christopher Go and Ronald dela Rosa talks to reporters on their 'first day of school' as they attended the orientation on the inner workings of the institution. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

FALSE: British accountant 'faces the death penalty' in the Philippines

May 20, 2019 - 7:06 PM

The death penalty in the Philippines was abolished in 2006. The bill seeking to reimpose the death penalty is still pending in the Senate.

Death penalty for high-level drug traffickers 'possible' under new Senate

May 16, 2019 - 4:58 PM

'It's a possibility now because nadagdag nga 'yung pro-death penalty [senators],' says Senate President Vicente Sotto III

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

FALSE: Philippines is 'the only country in Asia' without death penalty

May 10, 2019 - 3:48 PM

The Philippines is one of 14 countries in Asia that have abolished the death penalty

Duterte Youth wants death penalty for heinous crimes

May 07, 2019 - 8:05 PM

Duterte Youth, one of the party-list groups in the 2019 polls, claims the death penalty would deter crime, though there is no strong evidence to back this

PARTY-LIST GROUP. Duterte Youth party-list group wants to revive the death penalty if it gains a seat in the Lower House in the 2019 midterm elections. Photo courtesy of Duterte Youth

[OPINION] In search for true justice: Death penalty is a false solution

Apr 19, 2019 - 9:00 AM

The passion of Christ vivified nothing less than the destruction of the scales of justice if only to tilt in favor of the selfish desires of the wicked

Labor Senate bet wants death penalty for corrupt politicians, drug sellers

Apr 08, 2019 - 8:58 PM

Labor lawyer Allan Montaño believes introducing death penalty on such grounds is 'not anti-poor'

LABOR BET. Allan Montano is an independent candidate running under the Labor Win coalition. Rappler screengrab

Otso Diretso: Don't use Silawan rape-slay to push for death penalty

Mar 25, 2019 - 3:20 PM

While justice must be served, opposition candidates say the case of 16-year-old Christine Lee Silawan should not be used to drum up support for the death penalty

In Cebu, Dela Rosa says Silawan murder proves death penalty needed

Mar 21, 2019 - 8:41 PM

Though there is no proof that Christine Lee Silawan's murderer is a drug addict, Ronald Dela Rosa points to her death as a reason to impose death penalty against drug traffickers

ON DEATH PENALTY. Former Philippine National Police chief and senatorial candidate Ronald dela Rosa speaks during a Hugpong ng Pagbabago campaign caravan in San Juan City on February 27, 2019. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

FALSE: Photo of seminarians 'supporting' death penalty

Mar 20, 2019 - 3:45 PM

The Immaculate Conception Major Seminary is in fact against death penalty

JV Ejercito wants death penalty for plunderers

Mar 03, 2019 - 8:37 PM

Reelectionist Senator JV Ejercito, whose half-brother Jinggoy Estrada is himself a plunder defendant, says capital punishment would discourage government officials from committing plunder

QC local candidates headed by QC Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte hosted the Hugpong ng Pagbabago senatorial candidates in their campaign caravan at the Amoranto Stadium in Quezon City. Thousands attended the event as Hugpong ng Pagbabago Mayor Sarah Duterte pledge to support the Serbisyo ng Bayan’s local candidates in the coming midterm elections. February 28, 2019. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

3 Senate bets want death penalty for plunderers

Mar 03, 2019 - 2:39 PM

Senatorial candidates Gerald Arcega, Jonathan Baldevarona, and Emily Mallillin believe life imprisonment is not enough for erring public officials

REVIVAL? The death penalty was abolished in the Philippines in 2006. File photo by Joel Nito/AFP

Death penalty removed from bill amending Dangerous Drugs Act

Feb 07, 2019 - 5:50 PM

The previous version of House Bill 8909 sought to impose the capital punishment for drug possession at parties

OTHER OPTIONS. A Social Weather Stations survey finds that Filipinos do not agree with death penalty if given other options.

House withdraws approval of death penalty for drug possession

Feb 06, 2019 - 4:38 PM

House Bill 8909, which imposes the death penalty and a P10-million fine on those found with illegal drugs at social gatherings, has been recommitted to the committee on dangerous drugs

OFW's execution in Saudi shows PH can't adopt death penalty – Locsin

Jan 31, 2019 - 12:47 PM

Reimposing the death penalty will make the Philippines 'lose the argument of respecting our culture,' says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr

TOP DIPLOMAT. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr attends a congressional briefing on the e-passport system on January 30, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

After shabu smuggling, Barbers asks Senate to pass death penalty bill

Nov 28, 2018 - 12:00 PM

'Death is the only language these criminals and big-time syndicates understand,' says House committee on dangerous drugs chairperson Robert Ace Barbers

DEATH PENALTY REVIVAL. House committee on dangerous drugs chair Robert Ace Barbers backs the bill reviving the death penalty for drug convicts. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Where do 2019 senatorial bets stand on key national issues?

Oct 27, 2018 - 11:15 AM

When the senatorial campaigns kick off, check the candidates' claims against this list of issues that have so far made headlines in 2018

ISSUES. Rappler looks into the stands of senatorial bets on various political and national issues. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Death penalty will be 'big help' to anti-drug campaign – DILG Chief

Aug 15, 2018 - 11:13 PM

'Kulang pa,' says Eduardo Año on current punishments for drug pushers and drug lords

PUNISHMENT. DILG-OIC Eduardo Ano during a press conference at the PDEA Headquarters in Quezon City. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

[OPINION] Pacquiao’s Christianity and death penalty

Aug 10, 2018 - 8:51 AM

Pacquiao’s defense of the death penalty necessarily makes a distinction between redeemable sinners and hopeless human beings. People of faith must push back.

Despite Duterte push, no revival of death penalty in Senate – Lacson

Jul 25, 2017 - 11:45 AM

I don t see the death penalty being revived under his watch or at least with the present composition of the Senate says pro death penalty Senator Panfilo Lacson

LUMPSUM. Senators question the lump sum allocations in the 2017 budget of the Department of Public Works and Highways. Photo from Sen Lacson's official Facebook account

'Running priest' Robert Reyes: PH at a crossroads under Duterte

May 14, 2017 - 10:30 PM

Fr Robert Reyes leads 15 pilgrims in Lakbay Buhay Walk for Life and calls on Filipinos to take a stand against the death penalty

Countries urge PH not to revive death penalty

May 08, 2017 - 6:34 PM

In Geneva UN member states remind a Philippine delegation that reviving the death penalty is against international laws which the country had signed

Celia Veloso clarifies: 'I do not support death penalty'

Apr 28, 2017 - 3:59 PM

The mother of death row convict Mary Jane Veloso says what she supports is President Duterte s war on drugs which should target the syndicates

Jesus didn't advocate legal killing, CBCP reminds faithful

Mar 19, 2017 - 12:00 PM

To the people who use the Bible to defend death penalty need we point out how many other crimes against humanity have been justified using the same Bible? the CBCP says

DEATH PENALTY. CBCP president Archbishop Socrates Villegas slams the use of the Bible to defend capital punishment. File photo by Noli Yamsuan/Archdiocese of Manila

LIVE: Final reading of death penalty bill at the House of Representatives

Mar 07, 2017 - 5:11 PM

On Tuesday March 7 the representatives present at the plenary session will be given 8 minutes each to explain their votes on HB 4727 Follow live updates here

#NoToDeathPenalty trends as House approves bill on 2nd reading

Mar 01, 2017 - 8:23 PM

UPDATED Advocates against capital punishment post messages that indicate where they reside urging their representatives to vote against the bill

LIVE: House votes on death penalty bill on 2nd reading

Mar 01, 2017 - 5:10 PM

The House justice panel approved the measure seeking to reinstate the death penalty for heinous crimes in the Philippines Will it pass both houses?

LIVE: House debate on the death penalty bill

Feb 28, 2017 - 5:44 PM

The House justice panel approved the measure seeking to reinstate the death penalty for heinous crimes in the Philippines Will it pass both houses?

Why the death penalty is unnecessary, anti-poor, error-prone

Feb 11, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Crime is a more complex and nuanced issue than many of our politicians will care to admit

Fariñas warns: Don't use quorum to delay death penalty debate

Feb 07, 2017 - 7:39 PM

House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas makes the warning on the day House justice panel chairperson Reynaldo Umali is expected to sponsor the controversial measure

DEATH PENALTY. Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas warns congressmen not to continue questioning the session attendance as a delaying tactic on the death penalty debate. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Pacquiao defends death penalty: Even Jesus was sentenced to death

Jan 17, 2017 - 7:10 PM

God allows governments to use capital punishment Even Jesus Christ was sentenced to death because the government imposed the rule then says Senator Manny Pacquiao

DEATH PENALTY. Senator Manny Pacquiao defends anew the need to reimpose the death penalty, saying God allows government to impose it

UN on death penalty: PH will break int'l law

Dec 09, 2016 - 11:24 AM

The UN human rights chief makes an appeal to uphold the international human rights obligations of the Philippines against the death penalty

HUMAN RIGHTS CHIEF. This file photo dated February 29, 2016, shows Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, addressing the opening of the 31st session of the Human Rights Council. File photo by Pierre Albouy/UN Photo

Hontiveros: Death penalty in our 'Kill Bill' list

Dec 08, 2016 - 7:20 PM

Two other lawmakers also condemn the proposal to revive the death penalty as well as plans to lower the age of criminal liability in the Philippines

Rodrigo Duterte, death penalty, Ateneo-La Salle | Evening wRap

Dec 07, 2016 - 9:59 PM

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House death penalty bill: How they voted

Dec 07, 2016 - 7:30 PM

UPDATED The House justice committee votes in favor of reimposing the death penalty for heinous crimes in the Philippines Who voted for and against the measure?

CAPITAL PUNISHMENT. How did the House justice panel vote on the death penalty bill?