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Violence exists in households around the country. The death penalty is ineffective in deterring crime.
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
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'
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.'
The ramifications of these will outlast the next 3 years. Our institutions are compromised and, along with it, our values as a people.
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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
Manila 6th District Representative Benny Abante says he wants capital punishment only for certain heinous crimes, including plunder and rape
Meanwhile, evangelical Senator Manny Pacquiao supports inclusion of plunder for crimes punishable under the proposed death penalty bill
'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
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
For the second time, President Rodrigo Duterte uses his State of the Nation Address to ask Congress to bring back the death penalty
The Senate will also prioritize the proposed Anti-Terrorism Act which amends the Human Security Act of 2007, says Senate President Vicente Sotto III
Authorities say the nurse confessed to the murder and says she did it out of anger
'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
'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
Senate President Vicente Sotto III says the bill seeking to reimpose the death penalty for drug trafficking stands a better chance in the Senate
(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
'Marami tayong kakampi diyan. Ngayon, tulungan na kami,' says incoming Senator Ronald dela Rosa on the prospects of passing a law reimposing death penalty
The death penalty in the Philippines was abolished in 2006. The bill seeking to reimpose the death penalty is still pending in the Senate.
'It's a possibility now because nadagdag nga 'yung pro-death penalty [senators],' says Senate President Vicente Sotto III
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
The Philippines is one of 14 countries in Asia that have abolished the death penalty
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
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
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 lawyer Allan Montaño believes introducing death penalty on such grounds is 'not anti-poor'
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
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
The Immaculate Conception Major Seminary is in fact against death penalty
Reelectionist Senator JV Ejercito, whose half-brother Jinggoy Estrada is himself a plunder defendant, says capital punishment would discourage government officials from committing plunder
Senatorial candidates Gerald Arcega, Jonathan Baldevarona, and Emily Mallillin believe life imprisonment is not enough for erring public officials
Opposition senatorial bets reiterate their stance against the death penalty during the first edition of ABS-CBN's 'Harapan 2019' senatorial forum
The previous version of House Bill 8909 sought to impose the capital punishment for drug possession at parties
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
Reimposing the death penalty will make the Philippines 'lose the argument of respecting our culture,' says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr
Former presidential spokesperson Harry Roque contradicts the Duterte administration on death penalty for drug-related crimes
Japan is one of the few developed nations to retain the death penalty, and public support for it remains high despite international criticism
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
Former police chief Ronald Dela Rosa, a senatorial aspirant, says he will also support a bill that imposes death penalty on corrupt officials
'Death is the only language these criminals and big-time syndicates understand,' says House committee on dangerous drugs chairperson Robert Ace Barbers
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
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The Malaysian government has decided to scrap capital punishment because there has been strong domestic opposition to the practice
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'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
For Pope Francis, the dignity of the human person and the sanctity of life are the core values of Christianity, regardless of the circumstances
'Kulang pa,' says Eduardo Año on current punishments for drug pushers and drug lords
Pacquiao’s defense of the death penalty necessarily makes a distinction between redeemable sinners and hopeless human beings. People of faith must push back.