Go files bill restoring death penalty for heinous crimes
MANILA, Philippines — Neophyte Senator Christopher “Bong” Go on Tuesday filed a bill seeking to reinstate the death penalty on heinous crimes like illegal drugs trade, plunder, rape, and murder.
“Part po ito ng patuloy na kampanya nami ni Pangulong Duterte na labanan ang iligal na droga at korapsyon sa gobyerno,” Go told reporters in an interview after he personally filed the bill at the Senate.
Under his proposal, the penalty of death shall be carried out through lethal injection. However, Go said he is still open to other suggestions for an apt mode of execution.
“Kung ano po ‘yung mapag-usapan namin dito sa Senado. Pwede rin ‘yung sinabi ni Senator Bato (Dela Rosa) na firing squad, pwede rin ‘yung lethal injection,” said the former special assistant of President Rodrigo Duterte, adding that qualifications for capital punishment are still subject to deliberations.
But Go said he is amenable to lowering the amount with which a person may be charged for plunder. Currently, the law set the minimum amount at P50 million.
“Titingan po natin ito, napakalaki po ng amount na ‘yan (sa plunder) baka pwede pa nating babaan pa ng kaunti, baka pwedeng P10 million o P1 million para wala ng magnakaw,” he added.
Go expressed hope that his proposed measure will be approved in the 18th Congress “with the support of the Duterte administration.”
Moves to revive the death penalty failed in the 17th Congress, as the bill got stalled in the Senate. Its counterpart measure in the House of Representatives was swiftly passed in March 2017.
The first bill that Go filed upon assumption as a senator was a proposal to institutionalize “Malasakit Centers,” a one-stop shop for people needing medical and financial assistance from the government. Currently, there are 34 Malasakit Centers across the country.
Other bills he filed includes the creation of a department for overseas Filipino workers and a department on disaster resilience; amendment to the Solo Parents’ Welfare Act; introduction of National Housing Development Production and Financing Act; pay increase of government workers, including nurses and teachers; modernization of the Bureau of Fire Protection; and postponement of the barangay elections from May 2020 to October 2020.
He also filed a resolution for the creation of a Senate committee that will handle legislative concerns related to overseas employment, migrant workers, and the welfare and protection of overseas Filipino communities. (Editor: Katherine G. Adraneda)