Drilon opposes Duterte call to revive death penalty | Inquirer News
Close  
Reform justice system first

Drilon opposes Duterte call to revive death penalty

/ 10:38 AM July 28, 2020
Senator Franklin Drilon

Senator Franklin Drilon.
INQUIRER FILE PHOTO / GRIG C. MONTEGRANDE

MANILA, Philippines — For Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon, the government should first reform its justice system before putting the reimposition of death penalty on the table.

Drilon made the remark after President Rodrigo Duterte, in his fifth State of the Nation Address, once again called on Congress to reimpose death penalty in the country for drug-related charges.

ADVERTISEMENT

The Senate minority leader said he has opposed death penalty ever since.

“I just want to say that I have consistently opposed the imposition of the death penalty because of our deficiencies in our justice system. You make the mistake in imposing the death penalty, you can never correct that mistake,” Drilon said.

FEATURED STORIES

“Therefore, I have said let’s reform our law enforcement and justice system before we even think of re-imposing the death penalty,” he added.

In his speech, Duterte pushed for the revival of death penalty by lethal injection for crimes specified under the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

In the 18th Congress, several bills seeking the revival of the death penalty are now pending at the committee level in the Senate.

To recall, in the 17th Congress, the House of Representatives gave its nod to House Bill No. 4727 seeking to reimpose capital punishment for heinous and drug-related offenses, but it did not prosper in the Senate.

Senator Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa, former chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), said Duterte’s push for the revival of death penalty for drug-related crimes will “boost” its chances of approval in Congress.

JPV

Subscribe to our daily newsletter


Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Death penalty, Franklin Drilon, lethal injection, Rodrigo Duterte, SONA 2020
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.



© Copyright 1997-2022 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.