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Guevarra provides Duterte legal basis for rearrest of freed convicts

Sep 05, 2019 - 8:00 AM

(UPDATED) The justice secretary finds two Supreme Court cases, one from 1967 and one from 2001, to provide President Rodrigo Duterte the legal basis for his order

TO THE RESCUE. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra sits inside Malacañang and watches on as President Rodrigo Duterte credits him for the legal justifications of an order to re-arrest convicts who were already released on good conduct time allowance. Photo courtesy of RTVM

Zubiri wants Alcatraz-type 'heinous crime penitentiary'

Sep 04, 2019 - 11:20 AM

Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri says his proposed prison in an isolated and uninhabited island will keep heinous crime convicts 'far from their victims and society at large'

ISLAND PRISONS. Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri wants island prisons for heinous crimes convicts. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

What are heinous crimes?

Sep 03, 2019 - 5:39 PM

There is no explicit definition of what heinous crimes are – only an enumeration of crimes that due to their 'manifest wickedness, viciousness, atrocity and perversity' merited the death penalty until its abolition in 2006

BILIBID SECURITY. Members of the PNP-SAF patrol outside the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on July 20, 2016 after their recent deployment at the maximum prison for additional security detail. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Can heinous crimes be excluded from good conduct time allowance law?

Aug 23, 2019 - 3:30 PM

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra's interpretation differs with the view of the former justice undersecretary who published the law manual

Convicted former mayor of Calauan, Laguna Antonio Sanchez is seen inside the Maximum Security Compound of the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on August 22, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Duterte wants death for drug convicts: ‘An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth’

Jul 24, 2017 - 10:09 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte reiterates in his SONA that the essence of the death penalty is retribution for the victims of heinous crimes

AFTER THE SONA. President Rodrigo Duterte talks to protesters outside Batasang Pambansa after his SONA on July 24. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

Approving death penalty is 'blood in our hands' – lawmakers

Mar 07, 2017 - 8:50 PM

Quezon City 6th District Representative Jose Christopher Belmonte explains his no vote saying Imposing the death penalty is allowing state sponsored killings

'BLOOD ON OUR HANDS.' Nuns watch as congressmen appprove on 3rd and final reading the measure reimposing the death penalty for drug convicts. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

3rd reading for death penalty bill on March 7 unconstitutional – House opposition

Mar 07, 2017 - 2:50 PM

Veteran lawmakers Edcel Lagman and Raul Daza say the schedule for HB 4727 s 3rd and final reading violates the 1987 Constitution and the Rules of the House of Representatives

ANTI-DEATH PENALTY. Representative Gary Alejano, Raul Daza, Edcel Lagman, Edgar Erice, Emmanuel Billones hold a press conference on March 7. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

House to vote on death penalty bill on 3rd and final reading

Mar 07, 2017 - 11:06 AM

UPDATED Lawmakers will cast their vote one by one through nominal voting wherein anyone who wishes to explain his or her vote will be allowed to speak for a few minutes

THE FINAL STAGE. Will the House plenary give its nod to the death penalty measure, a pet bill of the President? File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Alvarez: 'Realistic' to limit death penalty to drug offenses for now

Mar 06, 2017 - 5:00 PM

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says there are still a lot of possibilities for the death penalty bill including the addition of rape and plunder under the measure in the future

PRO-DEATH PENALTY. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez is one of the principal co-authors of the controversial death penalty measure. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Death penalty: Absent, abstaining House leaders to lose posts, warns Alvarez

Mar 06, 2017 - 1:48 PM

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says House leaders who will be stripped of their positions may still stay in the majority bloc should they wish

SPEAKER'S THREAT. With his latest warning, Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez is forcing House leaders who want to keep their positions to vote in favor of the death penalty bill. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Fariñas on death penalty vote: Opposition 'bullied' the majority

Mar 02, 2017 - 7:55 PM

For Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas the real bullies at the House are those who are doing everything to frustrate the will of the majority

WHO'S THE BULLY? Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas refuses to believe that the majority bloc is "bullying" the opposers of the death penalty bill. For him, it's the other way around. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

3rd reading vote for death penalty bill on March 7 – Fariñas

Mar 02, 2017 - 1:05 PM

Human rights group iDefend vows to expose the killer congressmen who will be voting in favor of the capital punishment measure

INCHING CLOSER TO APPROVAL. The House plenary votes on the death penalty bill on 2nd reading on March 1. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

After death penalty vote, House a 'chamber of puppets and bullies'

Mar 02, 2017 - 7:27 AM

UPDATED Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman a longtime politician decries the inordinate muzzling of the opposers of the death penalty measure

'HOUSE OF HORRORS?' Congressmen look behind Deputy Majority Floor Leader Juan Pablo Bondoc after opposition lawmakers behind opposed the approval on 2nd reading of HB 4727. Photo by Rappler

WATCH: Death penalty bill breezes through 2nd reading in House

Mar 01, 2017 - 11:38 PM

On Ash Wednesday lawmakers gave their nod to the death penalty bill

Death penalty bill hurdles 2nd reading in House

Mar 01, 2017 - 7:38 PM

UPDATED The bill is good as approved in the lower chamber as the second reading is the most difficult part of the legislative process But it s expected to be challenged in the Senate

PRO-DEATH PENALTY. The House of Representatives approves on second reading HB 4727.

House to pass death penalty bill on 2nd reading on Ash Wednesday

Mar 01, 2017 - 10:16 AM

There is nothing wrong with striking out plunder under the bill since lawmakers may include the crime in future amendments to the law says Deputy Speaker Fredenil Castro

APPROVAL SOON. The House terminated the debate on the death penalty measure after only 7 session days. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Lagman on death penalty amendments: House leaders ignoring rules

Feb 28, 2017 - 8:30 PM

To tell you frankly the House leadership has fed to the shredding machine the rules of the House says Representative Edcel Lagman on the supposed railroading of the death penalty bill

ANTI-DEATH PENALTY. Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman is not backing down on his fight against the death penalty bill. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Will LP bolt House majority? Decision after death penalty vote

Feb 28, 2017 - 4:40 PM

UPDATED Liberal Party stalwarts say their party mates are willing to lose their House leadership titles should they vote against the controversial death penalty measure

THE LIBERALS. LP president and Senator Francis Pangilinan, Ifugao Representative Teddy Baguilat Jr, and LP secretary-general and Quezon City 6th District Representative Jose Christopher Belmonte talk to the media after their party caucus. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Rape, plunder, treason to be removed from death penalty bill

Feb 27, 2017 - 4:41 PM

UPDATED House justice panel chairperson Reynaldo Umali says it became easier to get the consensus of the majority when they proposed to include only drug crimes

JUST DRUG CRIMES LEFT. House justice panel Reynaldo Umali says the death penalty bill will be further watered down. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Capital punishment in PH jeopardizes OFWs on death row – Bag-ao

Feb 23, 2017 - 11:35 AM

Dinagat Islands Representative Kaka Bag ao tells congressmen Ang pagboto po natin ng yes sa death penalty ay katumbas sa pagdiin sa kanila sa kamatayan

ANTI-DEATH PENALTY. Dinagat Islands Representative Kaka Bag-ao says the death penalty bill is detrimental to OFWs on death row as well to poor Filipinos. Screengrab from congress.gov.ph

House ends death penalty debate after 7 session days

Feb 22, 2017 - 9:11 PM

Congressmen also approve the amendments to only list 10 crimes under the bill remove the mandatory penalty of death and to add safeguard measures for the accused

ADJOURNED. The House of Representatives ends the death penalty debate on February 22. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Robredo: No sanctions on LP lawmakers in favor of death penalty

Feb 22, 2017 - 5:26 PM

The Liberal Party releases a position paper opposing the reimposition of the death penalty a priority measure of President Rodrigo Duterte

NO SANCTIONS. Vice President Leni Robredo says no member of the Liberal Party will be punished if he or she supports the death penalty. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler