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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.

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Ang pulitika ng death penalty sa ilalim ni Duterte

Jul 29, 2019 - 10:16 AM

This is true immortality – the antidote against all the gossip that it will all end soon

‘No rectification of error’ if death penalty returns – Aquino

Jul 24, 2019 - 5:54 PM

Ex-president Noynoy Aquino says the country's 'imperfect' justice system should be fixed first before Congress starts the process of reviving the death penalty

NO TO DEATH PENALTY. Former president Benigno Aquino III is against the revival of the death penalty in the Philippines. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

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

Iran executes nurse convicted of murdering boy

Jul 21, 2019 - 7:40 PM

Authorities say the nurse confessed to the murder and says she did it out of anger

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

Brunei denies gay discrimination despite sodomy stoning law

May 11, 2019 - 11:16 AM

While the country's sultan announced this week that such measures would not be enforced, the country remains on the defensive at a rare review of its record at the United Nations Human Rights Council

PROTEST. Gay activists kiss as they stage a protest in front of the Brunei embassy in Paris over the sultanate's new death-penalty laws for gay sex and adultery, on April 18, 2019. Photo by Ludovic Marin / AFP

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

Brunei won't enforce gay sex death penalty after backlash

May 06, 2019 - 2:08 PM

Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah says a moratorium on capital punishment that already applies to Brunei's regular criminal code would also extend to its new sharia code, which includes death by stoning for various crimes

PROTESTING. Gay activists shout slogans as they stage a protest in front of the Brunei embassy in Paris over the sultanate's new death-penalty laws for gay sex and adultery, on April 18, 2019. Photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP

[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

'No to death penalty, not even for terrorists' – Senate candidate Gutoc

Feb 17, 2019 - 10:30 PM

Opposition senatorial bets reiterate their stance against the death penalty during the first edition of ABS-CBN's 'Harapan 2019' senatorial forum

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

Roque says no to death penalty in drug crimes

Jan 27, 2019 - 5:56 PM

Former presidential spokesperson Harry Roque contradicts the Duterte administration on death penalty for drug-related crimes

NO TO DEATH PENALTY. Harry Roque says he opposes the reimposition of the death penalty for drug-related crimes. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Japan hangs 2 for murder, bringing executions in 2018 to 15

Dec 27, 2018 - 1:58 PM

Japan is one of the few developed nations to retain the death penalty, and public support for it remains high despite international criticism

EXECUTION. Japan is among the few developed nations to retain the death penalty. Photo from Shutterstock

Member of 'Texas Seven' executed 18 years after police murder

Dec 05, 2018 - 7:51 PM

With the execution of Joseph Garcia, only two remain in death row of the group known in infamy as the 'Texas Seven' for killing a police officer during a 2000 crime spree

TEXAS SEVEN. Texas planned to execute a man Tuesday who, along with 6 others known as the "Texas Seven," killed a police officer during a 2000 crime spree before being arrested thanks in part to the television program "America's Most Wanted." Texas Department of Criminal Justice/AFP Photo

In TV forum, Senate bets vs death penalty outnumber supporters

Dec 02, 2018 - 6:44 PM

Former police chief Ronald Dela Rosa, a senatorial aspirant, says he will also support a bill that imposes death penalty on corrupt officials

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

Singapore launches survey on death penalty

Oct 31, 2018 - 3:02 PM

The Ministry of Home Affairs says the survey is part of the government's 'regular research on our criminal justice system' and involves citizens and permanent residents

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

Malaysia to abolish death penalty – minister

Oct 11, 2018 - 4:44 PM

The Malaysian government has decided to scrap capital punishment because there has been strong domestic opposition to the practice

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Oct 10, 2018 - 9:39 PM

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SWS: Less than 50% of Filipinos want death penalty for 7 drug-related crimes

Oct 10, 2018 - 3:42 PM

'When you put the options, you don’t get a large number for death penalty on any crimes linked to illegal drugs, and that is, to me, the strongest finding,' SWS' Dr Mahar Mahangas says

Can you be Christian and support the death penalty?

Sep 22, 2018 - 10:00 AM

For Pope Francis, the dignity of the human person and the sanctity of life are the core values of Christianity, regardless of the circumstances

FORGIVENESS. Pope Francis leads the Angelus at the Drum Crescent, Knock, County Mayo on August 26, 2018, on the second day of his visit to Ireland to attend the 2018 World Meeting of Families. Photo by Tiziani Fabi/AFP

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.

Death penalty 'inadmissible' in Catholic teaching update

Aug 02, 2018 - 8:00 PM

(UPDATED) The update to the Catechism text also says the Church will 'work with determination' for the abolition of the death penalty worldwide

CATECHISM. Pope Francis addresses his weekly audience in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican on June 6, 2018. File photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP