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‘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

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

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

Death penalty bill still not a Senate priority – Pimentel, Recto

Jul 24, 2017 - 1:48 PM

Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III says the most the Senate can do – as a gesture of friendship to the House which had already passed its version – is to discuss the administration measure

DEATH PENALTY. Top Senate leaders say the death penalty bill is not a priority in the chamber despite the House of Representatives' approval of the measure. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

House names new committee chairs after death penalty vote

May 15, 2017 - 9:30 PM

The House leadership begins naming the lawmakers who will be replacing the committee chairpersons ousted for not voting in favor of the death penalty bill

REPLACEMENTS. A new batch of committee chairmanships will ba named at the plenary session in the coming days. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Death penalty deterrent to drugs? DDB chair can't say

May 05, 2017 - 2:13 PM

I m thankful not to meddle with this very controversial issue says the head of the government s Dangerous Drugs Board

DEATH PENALTY PROPOSAL. DDB chair Secretary Benjamin Reyes refuses to divulge their take on death penalty as a deterrence to drugs. Rappler screengrab

Filipinos' support for death penalty wanes – survey

May 05, 2017 - 12:05 PM

The March Pulse Asia poll shows that 67 of Filipinos in March 2017 support the death penalty for heinous crimes lower than the 81 in July 2016

LETHAL. Critics say a 'flawed and corrupt' justice system should be fixed first before even considering the revival of the death penalty.

Congress sets aside death penalty, age of criminal responsibility

May 03, 2017 - 6:05 PM

UPDATED House justice panel chairperson Reynaldo Umali says the controversial bills will be taking the back burner with his committee expected to tackle impeachment complaints

As chair of the House justice committee, Oriental Mindoro 2nd District Representative Reynaldo Umali will be at the forefront of the pending impeachment proceedings at the House. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

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Apr 27, 2017 - 11:00 AM

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61% of Filipinos approve of death penalty for drug convicts

Apr 26, 2017 - 5:13 PM

A Social Weather Stations survey shows 48 of Filipinos have either extensive or partial but sufficient knowledge of the controversial death penalty House bill

APPROVED. A majority of Filipinos support the reimposition of the death penalty, a priority bill of President Rodrigo Duterte. File photos by Rappler

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Apr 26, 2017 - 11:08 AM

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WINNERS. Student-athletes feel happy and proud as they received their medals during the awarding ceremonies for the Gymnastics competition at the EBJ Gymnasium.

Death penalty bill already 'dead' in Senate – Drilon

Apr 26, 2017 - 10:22 AM

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon says at least 13 senators are expected to thumb down the Duterte administration s priority measure

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When politics and principles clash on the death penalty

Mar 22, 2017 - 10:30 AM

18 lawmakers who voted no to the RH bill under the 15th Congress voted yes to the death penalty measure under the 17th Congress How did the Church mobilize against the two controversial measures?

SPECTATORS. Nuns watch as lawmakers voted 217-54-1 in favor of reimposing the death penalty on March 7. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

When the House whips go to work for the death penalty

Mar 16, 2017 - 9:37 PM

PART 2: Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas leads the charge to whip the votes and bring back the death penalty in the country a pet bill of President Rodrigo Duterte

THE WHIP. Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas gestures as his colleagues vote on HB 4727 on March 7. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

LP not providing replacements for ousted House committee heads

Mar 16, 2017 - 5:10 PM

LP secretary general Jose Christopher Belmonte says it is heartwarming that none of the party s lawmakers are willing to take the place of their ousted colleagues

NO LONGER A HOUSE LEADER. Quezon City 6th District Representative Jose Christopher Belmonte loses his committee chairmanship after voting to the death penalty bill. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

House ousts Arroyo, 11 committee chairpersons

Mar 15, 2017 - 6:37 PM

3rd UPDATE Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez makes good on his threat to remove the key posts of lawmakers who did not vote in favor of the death penalty bill

OUSTED. Pampanga 2nd District Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is removed as deputy speaker following her no vote on the death penalty bill. Photo by Jasmin Dulay

After 8 months under 17th Congress, Alvarez 'tired, but satisfied'

Mar 15, 2017 - 5:00 PM

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez considers the approval of the death penalty bill as the biggest achievement of the House so far

SATISFIED. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez smiles when asked how he feels about the first 8 months of the 17th Congress. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

House leaders vs death penalty to be replaced in May

Mar 15, 2017 - 12:41 PM

UPDATED On possibly losing support after the House reorganization Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says Well if I m burning bridges then so be it

PENDING REORGANIZATION. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez guarantees the replacement of several House leaders. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

What happened behind closed doors to the death penalty bill

Mar 15, 2017 - 11:38 AM

PART 1: Lawmakers are initially ambivalent about their stance on the death penalty bill but a few tweaks on its provisions finally convince them to support the measure

Lawmakers give Alvarez ‘full support’ in House reorganization

Mar 13, 2017 - 6:57 PM

Should Speaker Alvarez push through with the replacements political parties will decide who will be substituting for the positions to be left by lawmakers who voted against the death penalty

IMPENDING REPLACEMENTS? Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas says most congressmen agree that Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez should replace the House leaders who voted against the death penalty bill. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

House on fire

Mar 13, 2017 - 3:33 PM

The House leadership disregarded rules and procedures to approve the death penalty bill With the bill on criminal responsibility on the next agenda an uprising is inevitable

Duterte gov't unfazed by 'threats' from EU, says Abella

Mar 11, 2017 - 4:48 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella says the European Union doesn t fully understand the Philippine situation

FOCUSED. File photo of Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella. File Photo from Malacañang

Duterte wants rape with homicide in death penalty bill

Mar 09, 2017 - 9:20 PM

Medyo kulang says President Rodrigo Duterte about a death penalty bill that is only limited to drug related crimes

ALLIES IN CONGRESS. President Rodrigo Duterte holds a meeting with House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III at the Orchid Room in Malacañang Palace on March 7, 2017. Photo by Richard Madelo/Presidential Photo

Lagman: Alvarez on 'benevolent retreat' on threat vs House leaders

Mar 09, 2017 - 12:24 PM

Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas defends Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez as simply showing the qualities of a good leader by reviewing his statement that he would replace anti death penalty House leaders

ALVAREZ'S EMPTY THREAT? Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman slams Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez on his supposed 'empty' threat against House leaders who thumbed down the death penalty bill. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

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Who decides who lives? Lawmakers explain death penalty votes

Mar 08, 2017 - 9:23 PM

Here are links to the speeches of 14 congressmen and women who voted no and 3 who voted yes to House Bill 4727

APPROVED. The members of the 17th congress vote on the House Bill 4727 on 3rd and final reading on March 7. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

4 death penalty votes that surprised us

Mar 08, 2017 - 6:50 PM

Some representatives voted contrary to their previous public statements or their party stand What made them change their mind?

SURPRISE VOTES? Several congressmen explain their votes on the death penalty bill.

Robredo decries 'railroading' of death penalty bill in House

Mar 08, 2017 - 3:49 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says the death penalty bill was passed swiftly while other important bills continue to languish in the House

WOMEN'S DAY. Vice President Leni Robredo joins various women's leaders at Miriam College in Quezon City on Wednesday, at a forum on 'Women Defend Democracy' in line with the International Women's Day. Photo from the Office of the Vice President

CHR: Approving death penalty 'blatant breach of international law'

Mar 08, 2017 - 3:20 PM

The Commission on Human Rights also says jurisprudence on most serious crimes do not include narcotics crimes the only offenses retained in the House bill

Fariñas: 'No replacements will happen yet' after death penalty vote

Mar 08, 2017 - 2:58 PM

UPDATED Several of the 54 lawmakers who voted against House Bill 4727 hold prime posts in the House including Deputy Speaker Gloria Mapacagal Arroyo

PLEA TO THE SPEAKER. After several House leaders voted against the death penalty bill, Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas says he will 'handle the matter.' File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Duterte 'thankful' House passed death penalty bill – Alvarez

Mar 08, 2017 - 1:49 PM

The President however hoped plunder and rape remained on the list of crimes punishable with life imprisonment or death says Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez

President Rodrigo Duterte supports the death penalty bill, which the House passed on 3rd and final reading under the leadership of Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez.

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Mar 08, 2017 - 11:35 AM

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FULL TEXT: Death penalty is an 'abhorrent punishment' – Lagman

Mar 08, 2017 - 9:10 AM

Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman says of the death penalty: It victimizes the poor It is not the solution to criminality It is not the answer to poverty and social injustice It debases the right to life

VOTED NO. Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman explains his vote against the death penalty. Screengrab from congress.gov.ph

FULL TEXT: Essence of Sharia law is preservation of life – Hataman

Mar 08, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Anak Mindanao Sitti Turabin Hataman: Sarili ko pong buhay hindi ko kayang panagutan I cannot afford and is most afraid to be held accountable for another life even just one life Thus I vote No

VOTED NO. Anak Mindanao Representative Sitti Turabin-Hataman explains her vote against the death penalty. Screengrab from congress.gov.ph

FULL TEXT: Party stand trumps conscience vote on death penalty – Salo

Mar 08, 2017 - 8:55 AM

Kabayan Representative Ron Salo a preacher says he personally opposes the death penalty but he cast the yes vote of the party he represents

VOTED YES. Kabayan Representative Ron Salo explains his vote in favor of the death penalty. Screengrab from congress.gov.ph

FULL TEXT: Reimposing the death penalty is 'anti-poor' – Zarate

Mar 08, 2017 - 8:50 AM

Bayan Muna Representative Carlos Zarate says criminality stems from a backward society where only a few and the foreigners decide the affairs

VOTED NO. Bayan Muna Representative Carlos Zarate explains his vote against the death penalty bill. Screengrab from congress.gov.ph

FULL TEXT: Cibac supports death penalty, hopes no wrongful convictions – Tugna

Mar 08, 2017 - 8:45 AM

CIBAC Representative Sherwin Tugna says his party approved the death penalty bill with an understanding it will be supported by government s efforts to address corruption in the police and judiciary

VOTED YES. CIBAC Representative Sherwin Tugna explains his vote in favor of the death penalty. Screengrab from congress.gov.ph

FULL TEXT: Death penalty won't address Filipinos' problems – Casilao

Mar 08, 2017 - 8:40 AM

Anakpawis Representative Ariel Casilao lists 5 reasons why he voted against reimposing the death penalty for drug convicts

FULL TEXT: Drugs bring 'moral decay and fuels crime' – Biazon

Mar 08, 2017 - 8:35 AM

Muntinlupa City Ruffy Biazon votes yes: The Constitution allows capital punishment for compelling reasons The continued proliferation of the illegal drug trade with its devastating effects is a compelling reason

VOTED YES. Muntinlupa City Representative Ruffy Biazon explains his vote in favor of the death penalty. Screengrab from congress.gov.ph

FULL TEXT: Death penalty not the solution to fix justice system – Brosas

Mar 08, 2017 - 8:30 AM

Gabriela Women s Party Representative Arlene Brosas says the possibility is not remote that the death penalty will be used by the state to fabricate charges and manufacture evidence against activists

VOTED NO. Gabriela Women's Party Representative Arlene Brosas explains her vote against the death penalty. Screengrab from congress.gov.ph

FULL TEXT: Death penalty a 'tool of state repression' – Castro

Mar 08, 2017 - 8:20 AM

ACT Teachers Representative France Castro says House Bill 4727 is anti poor prone to abuse and an ineffective deterrent against criminality

VOTED NO. ACT Teachers Representative France Castro explains her vote against the death penalty. Screengrab from congress.gov.ph

FULL TEXT: 'Kill a person and you kill him his other rights' – Roque

Mar 08, 2017 - 8:10 AM

Kabayan Representative Harry Roque says: The right to life is non derogable whether in times of peace or in times of war This right cannot be denied to anyone regardless of the circumstances

VOTED NO. Kabayan Representative Harry Roque explains his vote against the death penalty. Screengrab from congress.gov.ph

FULL TEXT: Death penalty revival puts the poor, OFWs at risk – Bag-ao

Mar 08, 2017 - 8:00 AM

Dinagat Islands Representative Kaka Bag ao likens her colleagues yes votes for the death penalty to saying yes to killing of the poor and OFWs on death row

VOTED NO. Dinagat Islands Representative Kaka Bag-ao explains her vote against the death penalty. Screengrab from congress.gov.ph

FULL TEXT: Everyone has the right to redemption – Baguilat

Mar 08, 2017 - 7:55 AM

Ifugao Representative Teddy Baguilat Jr votes no and asks Ang ipapamana ba natin sa ating mga kababayan ay buhay o kamatayan?

VOTED NO. Ifugao Representative Teddy Baguilat Jr explains his vote against the death penalty. Screengrab from congress.gov.ph

FULL TEXT: 'No crime is worth killing for' – Villarin

Mar 08, 2017 - 7:50 AM

Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin says this is especially true when the task of condemning a fellow Filipino to death will be undertaken within the context of a flawed criminal justice system

VOTED NO. Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin explains his vote against the death penalty bill. Screengrab from congress.gov.ph

FULL TEXT: Death penalty a 'curse' on Filipino Catholics – Atienza

Mar 08, 2017 - 7:40 AM

Buhay Representative Lito Atienza says that when lawmakers pass laws they must consider the faith of Filipinos

VOTED NO. Buhay Representative Lito Atienza explains his vote against the death penalty bill. Screengrab from congress.gov.ph

FULL TEXT: 'Flawed' PH justice system at risk of executing innocents – Rocamora

Mar 08, 2017 - 7:30 AM

As a former prosecutor Siquijor Representative Ramon Rocamora saw how the Philippine criminal justice system is unfit to handle the reimposition of the capital punishment

VOTED NO. Siquijor Representative Ramon Rocamora explains his vote against the death penalty bill. Screengrab from congress.gov.ph

FULL TEXT: Death penalty is 'sanitized vengeance' – Alejano

Mar 08, 2017 - 7:20 AM

Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano votes against the capital punishment because the measure would make the Philippines lose our moral and competitive edge

VOTED NO. Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano explains his vote against the death penalty bill. Screengrab from congress.gov.ph

FULL TEXT: I resist idea that taxpayers will pay for executions – Belmonte

Mar 08, 2017 - 7:10 AM

UPDATED Quezon City 6th District Representative Jose Christopher Belmonte says he cannot accept that the 17th Congress would take blood in its own hands

VOTED NO. Quezon City 6th District Representative Jose Christopher Belmonte explains his vote against the death penalty bill. Screengrab from congress.gov.ph

WATCH: House passes death penalty bill on 3rd and final reading

Mar 08, 2017 - 7:03 AM

214 yes 54 no 1 abstain – that s how the House of Representatives voted for the death penalty bill