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“The president mentioned he thought we should bring back the death penalty especially for drug traffickers,” Angara said. Many public officials are also involved in illegal drugs and it is a form of treason as they should be the protectors of the Filipino people, he added.
Presumptive speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and newly elected senator Manny Pacquiao have already filed bills that back up the president’s request to revive the death penalty.
Angara, however, remains to be non-committal on the issue. “I’m open to listen to the proposals which have been put forward,” he said.
Long before, Duterte has already told his allies that he prefers death penalty by hanging to lethal injections. This has drawn criticisms from human rights advocates.
Amnesty International and other human rights groups have asserted that the imposition of capital punishment deters crime is not supported by any evidence.
The death penalty was imposed in 1993 but was abolished in 2006. | ASCS - FNPH
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