Duterte wants death penalty restored

deathDavao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte wants capital punishment back as a deterrent to criminality.

To carry out the death sentence, he ruled out lethal injection. electric chair and firing squad suggesting death by hanging, with the condemned given option to choose the noose.

It should be by hanging, said Duterte in the Gikan sa Masa Para sa Masa on ABS/CBN Davao on Sunday, April 12.

The condemned criminal, Duterte joked in the television program, can choose any hangman’s noose.

It could be barbed wire, an abaca or plastic rope, he jested.

Duterte batted for the revival of the death penalty as police arrested four suspects in the kidnapping of an Indian moneylender.

Duterte, known for his iron-fist policy against criminals, is a strong advocate of the death penalty.

During the crucial voting for the abolition of the death penalty in 1999, Duterte, then a member of the House of Representatives,  filibustered with a speech that lasted up to dawn in a bid to gain votes against the abolition. The majority of the members of the Lower House eventually voted to scrap the death penalty, in response to strong lobby by church-based and human rights groups.

duterte davao death squadHuman rights groups, including the United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHRC), had taken to task Duterte for the thousands of criminal suspects summarily killed by the so-called Davao Death Squad (DDS) they claim to be backed by the Davao City government and the local police and the military.

Duterte had been investigated by the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) for his alleged role in the extrajudicial killings and the death squad, but has yet to report on results of the 2009 probe.




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