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Duterte vows to restore death penalty for heinous crimes

/ 04:49 PM May 16, 2016

Tough talking Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte on Monday did not mince words when he talked about his plans to restore the death penalty for heinous crimes.

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“I would lead Congress to restore death penalty,” the presumptive President said in a press conference in Davao City.

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“Heinous crimes committed with unlicensed firearms must be (penalized with) death. Rape plus death of victim must be death penalty,” he said. “Kidnapping with ransom, then you killed (the victim), must be death penalty.”

“Robbery with homicide with rape, double the hanging. After the first, there will be another ceremony for the second,” Duterte said.

He said he “would like” to see the head of the criminal “completely severed” from the body.

Duterte’s hard stance on criminals has been cited as one of the main reasons why he was the landslide winner during the May 9 elections.

He earlier vowed to stop criminality within six months after being sworn in as President. He said that if he loses, he will give up his position.

“Those who destroy the lives of our children we will destroy. Those who would kill my country will be killed. Simple as that. No middle ground,” he said during the press briefing.

“I am ready to lose the presidency. I will stake my honor and my life,” he added.

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Death penalty was abolished in 2006 under the term of then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

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