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Global executions up 15 percent in 2013–report

This May 27, 2008, file photo, shows the gurney in Huntsville, Texas, where Texas' condemned are strapped down to receive a lethal dose of drugs. A new report says the number of reported executions around the world rose almost 15 percent in 2013, and the United States was among the five countries putting the most people to death. The Amnesty International report released Thursday, March 27, 2014, says the 778 executions it was able to count last year don’t include the thousands of people put to death in China, where such information is a state secret. AP

The number of known executions around the world rose almost 15 percent in 2013, and the United States was among the five countries putting the most people to death, a new report says.

Posted: March 27th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Church opposes restoration of death penalty

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The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines is reminding lawmakers who want to revive the death penalty that many prisoners wrongfully convicted are still languishing in jail.

Posted: February 4th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

VACC pressing for return of firing squad

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Despite disapproving views from Justice Secretary Leila de Lima and President Benigno Aquino himself, a group mostly composed of families of heinous crime victims is preparing a position paper that, with at least one backer in the Senate, could reopen the debate on the reinstatement of the death penalty.

Posted: February 1st, 2014 in Headlines,Metro | Read More »

North Korea envoy scoffs at death-by-dog story

Kim Jong-Un. AP FILE PHOTO

A senior North Korean diplomat has scoffed at sensational rumors that the executed uncle of leader Kim Jong-Un was stripped naked and fed to a pack of starving dogs.

Posted: January 31st, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

De Lima rejects Sotto proposal to revive death penalty

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Senator Vicente “Tito” Sotto  III. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Justice Secretary Leila De Lima on Thursday rejected the proposal of Senator Tito Sotto III to revive the death penalty.

Posted: January 30th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

House minority rejects revival of death penalty

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The minority bloc of the House of Representatives thumbed down Wednesday proposals to revive the death penalty in the Philippines.

Posted: January 29th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Aquino: Fixing justice system more important than death penalty revival

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President Benigno Aquino III. AP FILE PHOTO

President Benigno Aquino III on Wednesday said fixing the justice system is more important than the imposition of the death penalty.

Posted: January 29th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Sotto: Life imprisonment does not work; restore death penalty

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Sen. Vicente Sotto III.  INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

In his bid to restore the death penalty, Senator Vicente Sotto III said that the life imprisonment meted to high-profile drug traffickers in the country “does not work.”

Posted: January 29th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Sotto: Life imprisonment not deterring crime

Senator Vicente “Tito” Sotto  III. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

After a seven-year gap comes a call in Congress to bring back the “ultimate penalty.”

Posted: January 28th, 2014 in Headlines,Metro | Read More »

There are ‘concerns’ over death penalty revival—Palace

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Palace on Tuesday said it will have to wait until the proposed bill to revive the death penalty is discussed in Congress before giving its statement.

Posted: January 28th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Palace: Death penalty revival needs extensive consultation

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President Benigno Aquino III. RYAN LEAGOGO/INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO

Malacañang on Thursday said the restoration of death penalty in the country needs an extensive consultation to determine public sentiment.

Posted: January 23rd, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest News Stories,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Oklahoma executes second US inmate of 2014

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An African American man was put to death Thursday in Oklahoma for murdering a store manager with a baseball bat, prison authorities said, confirming the second US execution of 2014.

Posted: January 10th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Binay presses call for funds to save Filipino from Saudi death row

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Vice President Jejomar Binay.  FILE PHOTO

Vice President Jejomar Binay renewed his call on Thursday for contributions to save the life of overseas Filipino worker Joselito Zapanta who faces execution in Saudi Arabia this month.

Posted: January 2nd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

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