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PH should honor treaties vs death penalty, UN body tells Pimentel
by Camille Elemia April 17, 2017
The United Nations Human Rights Committee calls on the Philippines to take its treaty obligation.
Death penalty: No opting out
by Fr. Ranhilio Callangan Aquino April 21, 2017
It never makes good sense to flaunt our violation of international law. After all, when rapacious neighbors dig into our pie and leave not even the crust to us, we seek relief by invoking our rights under international law..
Duterte wants death for drug convicts: ‘An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth’
by Mara Cepeda July 24, 2017
President Rodrigo Duterte reiterates in his SONA that the 'essence' of the death penalty is retribution for the victims of heinous crimes.
President Rodrigo Duterte once again asked the 17th Congress to pass the bill reimposing the death penalty during his second State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday, July 24.

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Duterte: Death penalty is retribution
by Pia Ranada Updated June 23, 2016
President-elect Duterte says detractors of the death penalty have a 'fractured' view of death penalty, as he thinks the death penalty is less of a deterrent and more of retribution.
President-elect Rodrigo Duterte blasted critics of the death penalty.

EU summons Filipino envoy to explain Duterte tirade
March 28, 2017
The European Union (EU) summoned on Monday a Philippine envoy to explain an expletive-laden tirade by President Rodrigo Duterte, who threatened to hang EU officials for opposing his efforts to re-impose the death penalty.

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Philippines (President Duterte) vs EU

EU Parliament approves call to free De Lima
by Paterno Esmaquel II March 17, 2017

European lawmakers also urge Philippine officials to 'immediately halt ongoing proceedings to reinstate the death penalty'

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Palace tells EU parliament, 'Our democracy works'
by Pia Ranada March 17, 2017
Malacañang asks European lawmakers to let the Philippines 'deal with our domestic challenges without unwarranted foreign interference'

Death Penalty

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Capital punishment

also known as the Death Penalty

is a government sanctioned practice whereby a person is put to death by the state as a punishment for a crime. The sentence that someone be punished in such a manner is referred to as a death sentence, whereas the act of carrying out the sentence is known as an execution. Crimes that can result in a death penalty are known as capital crimes or capital offences.

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Filipinos' support for death penalty wanes – survey
May 05, 2017
The March Pulse Asia poll shows that 67% of Filipinos in March 2017 support the death penalty for heinous crimes, lower than the 81% in July 2016.

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Death penalty deterrent to drugs? DDB chair can't say
by Bea Cupin May 05, 2017
'I'm thankful not to meddle with this very controversial issue,' says the head of the government's Dangerous Drugs Board

#NoToDeathPenalty: Online users oppose reimposition of death penalty
Advocates against capital punishment post messages that indicate where they reside, urging their representatives to vote against the bill.

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Ateneo de Manila students walk out of classes to reject death penalty bill
with video
The university's student government leads the walk out after an overwhelming majority in the House of Representatives approved the death penalty bill on second reading

Both by David Lozada March 01 - 02, 2017

Death penalty bill already 'dead' in Senate – Drilon
by Camille Elemia April 26, 2017 - with video
Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon says at least 13 senators are expected to thumb down the Duterte administration's priority measure.
House on fire
by Representative Tom Villarin March 13, 2017

The House leadership disregarded rules and procedures to approve the death penalty bill. With the bill on criminal responsibility on the next agenda, an uprising is inevitable.

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House names new committee chairs after death penalty vote
by Mara Cepeda May 15, 2017
The House leadership begins naming the lawmakers who will be replacing the committee chairpersons ousted for not voting in favor of the death penalty bill.

When politics and principles clash on the death penalty
by Mara Cepeda March 22, 2017
18 lawmakers who voted no to the RH bill under the 15th Congress voted yes to the death penalty measure under the 17th Congress. How did the Church mobilize against the two controversial measures?

What happened behind closed doors to the death penalty bill
PART 1: Lawmakers are initially ambivalent about their stance on the death penalty bill, but a few tweaks on its provisions finally convince them to support the measure.

When the House whips go to work for the death penalty
PART 2: Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas leads the charge to whip the votes and bring back the death penalty in the country, a pet bill of President Rodrigo Duterte

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House ousts Arroyo, 11 committee chairpersons
Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez makes good on his threat to remove the key posts of lawmakers who did not vote in favor of the death penalty bill.

House leaders vs death penalty to be replaced in May
On possibly losing support after the House reorganization, Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says, 'Well if I'm burning bridges, then so be it'

All by Mara Cepeda March 15, 2017

UN experts: Philippines legally-bound to reject death penalty bill
March 17, 2017 By Jauhn Etienne Villaruel

TWO experts from the United Nations (UN) on Thursday warned lawmakers that the planned reimposition of death penalty in the country would be a "clear violation" of its obligations under a signed treaty.

Groups protest revival of Tokhang, death penalty
March 22, 2017 By Justin K. Vestil
MEMBERS of Christian groups in Cebu expressed their opposition on the revival of the police’s Oplan Tokhang program and the proposed implementation of the death penalty.
Death for drug convicts: House passes bill on final reading
by Mara Cepeda March 07, 2017
Under the House-approved measure, drug convicts on death row can be executed either through hanging, firing squad, or lethal injection.

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CBCP on House death penalty vote: We shall not be silenced
by Paterno Esmaquel II March 07, 2017
'They may have won, but it does not mean that they are right,' CBCP president Archbishop Socrates Villegas says after the House of Representatives approved the death penalty bill.

Leftist groups, netizens condemn House for passing death penalty bill
by David Lozada March 07, 2017
Activists also call President Rodrigo Duterte 'oppressive' and 'anti-poor' as they protest outside the Batasang Pambansa

House debate on the death penalty bill
with videos
February 28, 2017
The House justice panel approved the measure seeking to reinstate the death penalty for heinous crimes in the Philippines. Will it pass both houses?

Bam Aquino: Senate shouldn't rush death penalty bill
by Camille Elemia March 02, 2017
'Bilang mga kinatawan ng mamamayan, dapat panindigan ng bawat senador ang kanilang magiging boto,' says the senator, pushing for transparency in voting on the controversial measure.
Senate Deputy Minority Leader Paolo Benigno Aquino IV warned there should be no railroading in the Senate to rush the passage of the controversial death penalty bill.

'Close fight' in the Senate
by Camille Elemia March 02, 2017
Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto and Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III also say the bill will have a difficult time in the chamber, as it is not a priority.

House votes on death penalty bill on 2nd reading
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Death penalty bill hurdles 2nd reading in House
by Mara Cepeda March 01, 2017
The controversial measure now only needs to go through one last stage in the House before it is transmitted to the Senate

Who decides who lives? Lawmakers explain death penalty votes
March 08, 2017

Here are links to the full text of 14 congressmen and women who voted "no" and 3 who voted "yes" to House Bill 4727.

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The Explainer: Presidents and capital punishment

Moves to restore the death penalty are expected to come to a head in the lower house tomorrow, but depending on the realities and the political lines of the times, the form and substance of the law itself have been shaped by the country's history. - ANC, Top Story, March 6, 2017

Catholic Church and capital punishment

After the Second Vatican Council the Catholic Church has been staunchly opposed to the death penalty.
More recently, Pope John Paul II appealed for a consensus to end the death penalty on the ground that it was "both cruel and unnecessary."

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Archdiocese urges flock to oppose death penalty
January 22, 2017 By Elias O. Baquero
REP. JOSELITO ATIENZA (Buhay Party-List) yesterday rallied the Catholic faithful to oppose a bill that seeks to restore the death penalty

Catholic Church and capital punishment
by AVERY CARDINAL DULLES

Bishop vs death penalty: 'God did not cast the first stone!'
by Paterno Esmaquel II January 21, 2017
'Even if anyone has a sinful or scandalous past, remember, that person can still be redeemed and renew his life,' Balanga Bishop Ruperto Santos says

Jesus didn't advocate legal killing, CBCP reminds faithful
March 19, 2017

'To the people who use the Bible to defend death penalty, need we point out how many other crimes against humanity have been justified, using the same Bible?' the CBCP says.

Choosing between Hell with Duterte and Heaven with the CBCP
by Fr Joel Tabora, SJ February 12, 2017

Unless we discern the straight and narrow path enlightened by God, we are doomed to bring the death penalty onto ourselves

Fariñas: No executions under Duterte ‘possible’
with video
by Mara Cepeda February 22, 2017
Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas says congressmen will let judges decide which mode of execution to use – by lethal injection, hanging, or firing squad – if the death penalty bill becomes law.
FAST FACTS: What is active non-violence?
by Michael Bueza February 18, 2017

This form of peaceful protest has been employed in many countries, including the Philippines, in response to issues ranging from racism to oppression

The clock is ticking on anti-death penalty lawmakers
by Mara Cepeda February 11, 2017

House rules state every lawmaker has the right to speak for an hour in a plenary debate, but after a recent majority ruling, anti-death penalty congressmen now have fewer minutes on the floor.

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Edcel Lagman vs death penalty
February 16, 2017

For Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman and other opposition lawmakers, House Bill 4727 is not the solution to address the crime problem.

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Lagman: Anti-death penalty lawmakers 'not beholden' to Fariñas
by Mara Cepeda February 16, 2017
Representative Edcel Lagman slams the pro-death penalty congressmen, saying they 'get annoyed' when the House rules are used against them in the death penalty debate

Lagman to Filipinos: Tell your congressmen to fight death penalty
by Mara Cepeda February 18, 2017
The opposition lawmaker also encourages members of all religious denominations to attend the House debate on the capital punishment measure.

Congressmen debate on return of death penalty
with video
Starting January 31, at least 50 lawmakers are expected to go head to head with administration allies to oppose the revival of the capital punishment for heinous crimes.

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House ends death penalty debate after 7 session days
Congressmen also approve the amendments to only list 10 crimes under the bill, remove the mandatory penalty of death, and to add safeguard measures for the accused.

House debate on death penalty bill ends Feb 28, 2017
with video
The majority in the House moves the deadline a week earlier after the minority bloc kept bringing up the question of quorum every time a lawmaker speaks

Alvarez on death penalty: Inefficient justice system not Congress' problem
Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says problems in the judiciary should not prevent lawmakers from doing their job

House delays start of death penalty debate
with video
Buhay Representative Lito Atienza challenges Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez to first name the 3 incumbent congressmen who are on the President's narco list before the House tackles the death penalty bill

all by Mara Cepeda January 31 - February 01, 13 20, 22 2017

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Senate hearing on revival of death penalty
Committee on Justice and Human Rights
Streamed live February 07, 2017

Agenda: S. Nos. 4, 42, 185, 186, 187 and 985 – Imposing/Re-instituting the death penalty in the Philippines and increased penalties on heinous crime of kidnapping, child trafficking, exploitation, prostitution, pornography and rape
S. No. 368 – Punishing extraordinary heinous crimes with the penalty of Qualified Reclusion Perpetua

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Rape, plunder, treason to be removed from death penalty bill
with video
by Mara Cepeda February 27, 2017
(UPDATED) House justice panel chairperson Reynaldo Umali says it became easier to get the consensus of the majority when they proposed to include only drug crimes.

Palace: Revival of death penalty to discipline law offenders
February 15, 2017 By Ruth Abbey Gita
THE reimposition of capital punishment in the Philippines would help discipline people who perceive adherence to law "an option rather than a rule of community."
This was the statement of Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella after some parliamentarians from Cambodia and Malaysia believe the Philippines would lose international credibility if it revives death penalty.

Plunder removed from crimes listed in death penalty bill
by Mara Cepeda February 09, 2017
(UPDATED) Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says congressmen in the majority bloc have agreed to remove several other crimes from the list as well

House sponsorship of the death penalty bill
February 07- 08 - 14, 2017
The House justice panel approved the measure seeking to reinstate the death penalty for heinous crimes in the Philippines. Will it pass both houses?

Look the list of the following heinous crimes would be punishable by death, either by hanging, firing squad, or lethal injection if the bill is passed into law.

Congressmen’s compromise: No mandatory penalty of death in bill
by Mara Cepeda February 08, 2017
Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas says majority congressmen agreed to give judges the option to punish perpetrators of heinous crimes with either life imprisonment or death

Lagman on death penalty bill: Vengeance is not justice
by Mara Cepeda February 08, 2017
Representatives Edcel Lagman and Raul del Mar debate against the reimposition of the death penalty at the House plenary.

Do you support death penalty?
March 04, 2017 By Isolde D. Amante
NEARLY a year ago, when presidential candidates met in Cebu for the second of three debates, only two said they would favor restoring the death penalty. Sen. Grace Poe said she saw the need for the maximum penalty for heinous crimes. Eventual winner Rodrigo Duterte said he saw the need to restore the death penalty for offenses related to illegal drugs.
Celia Veloso clarifies: 'I do not support death penalty'
by Don Kevin Hapal April 28, 2017
The mother of death row convict Mary Jane Veloso says what she supports is President Duterte's war on drugs, which should target the syndicates.
Plunder is a heinous crime
February 13, 2017

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Panelo: 'Plunder is a heinous crime’
February 14, 2017 By Ruth Abbey Gita
CHIEF Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo said Tuesday that plunder should not be excluded in the list of offenses punishable by death.

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Vice President Leni Robredo on threats to House leaders to vote for death penalty
Feb 8, 2017
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Robredo: Death penalty debates a 'defining moment' for solons
Feb 9, 2017

Vice President Leni Robredo urges members of the House of Representatives to stand by their principles. She said that expressing their stand on the death penalty bill will be a defining moment for them as leaders.

Editorial: A test for pro-Duterte lawmakers
February 09, 2017

HOUSE Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez does not consider it as arm-twisting but rather a stating of reality. Deputy speakers or committee chairpersons who will vote against the passage of House Bill 4727 will have to relinquish their posts.

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Constitution allows Congress to impose death penalty – Castro
Full Speech, February 01, 2017
In his sponsorship speech of House Bill 4727, Deputy Speaker Fredenil Castro cites laws, incidents of crimes, quotes from saints, and passages from the Bible

Read as pdf the transcript - FULL TEXT of the speech!

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Death penalty is retribution for victims – Castro
February 01, 2017
Deputy Speaker Fredenil Castro defends his bill seeking the reimposition of the death penalty for heinous crimes. It is the opening salvo at the House for the debate on the capital punishment. Mara Cepeda, Rappler.com filed this video blog.

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Return of death penalty will fix faulty justice system – lawmakers
with video
by Mara Cepeda February 07, 2017
Representatives Reynaldo Umali, Vicente Veloso, and Fredenil Castro are all fighting for the passage of the death penalty bill in the House of Representatives.

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Atienza: Duterte pressuring lawmakers to pass death penalty bill
Jan 11, 2017

An anti-death penalty lawmaker claims President Rodrigo Duterte is pressuring lawmakers to pass a house bill reimposing capital punishment.

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'Embarrassing for PH to reinstate death penalty'
Jan 31, 2017

A human rights advocacy group believes that it will be embarrassing for the Philippines to reinstate death penalty, which runs counter to an international protocol it signed and ratified.

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What lawmakers say about reimposing the death penalty
Jan 18, 2017

Senator Manny Pacquiao has referenced the Scriptures in his pitch for the death penalty in the Upper Chamber as the debates continue on whether capital punishment should be restored.

Death penalty + impunity = kamatayan ng tunay na hustisya
February 06, 2017

Ano na ang laban ni Juan kay James Bond Parak na sanay isantabi ang 'due process'? Anong panlaban natin sa isang sistemang hindi na 'innocent until proven guilty' kundi 'guilty until otherwise proven?'

Why the death penalty is unnecessary, anti-poor, error-prone
by JC Punongbayan and Kevin Mandrilla February 11, 2017

Crime is a more complex and nuanced issue than many of our politicians will care to admit

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Favorability to restore Death Penalty
Jan 28, 2017

The Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption or VACC is in favor of Congressman Fredenil Castro to restore the death penalty in the Philippines after it was dissolved during the reign of Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo

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When is the death penalty justifiable?
Rape victim laments: When is the death penalty justifiable?
Rape victim: I do not wish the death penalty on my tormentor
Jan 28, 2017

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An eye for an eye: Can the death penalty bring justice to victims?
by Mara Cepeda January 29, 2017
Hannah was only 5 when a close relative raped her. Years later, she still does not wish the death penalty on her tormentor. Only God, she said, can take away life.

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Umali on death penalty, Bilibid drug trade and justice Duterte-style
January 06, 2017

How will the House's justice committee thrive in the Duterte administration's iron-clad rule? Watch our interview with Umali.

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Passage of death penalty, criminal liability age bills eyed in June
by Mara Cepeda January 16, 2017
House justice panel chair Reynaldo Umali urges the public to continue raising their concerns on the two controversial bills so lawmakers may consider them before they vote on the measures

Umali: Expect ‘compromises’ in death penalty bill after House debates
As he reiterates his support for capital punishment, Representative Reynaldo Umali says Filipinos can only choose between drug-related EJKs and the return of the death penalty.

'Change of heart': Umali supports death penalty due to drug use in PH
'I do support the pro-life stand. But after the Bilibid probe, I had a change of heart,' says Representative Reynaldo Umali on his support for the capital punishment's return in the country.

both by Mara Cepeda January 08, 2017

Next PH envoy to UN hits death penalty revival, extrajudicial killings
by Paterno Esmaquel II December 21, 2016
Ambassador-designate Teodoro 'Teddyboy' Locsin Jr criticizes the Duterte administration on the two controversial issues.
Philippine Ambassador-designate to the United Nations Teodoro "Teddyboy" Locsin Jr said he opposes the death penalty, which Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte vowed to revive as part of his war on drugs.
Locsin also said the spate of killings in the Philippines should stop.
UN on death penalty: PH will break int'l law
by Paterno Esmaquel II December 09, 2016
The UN human rights chief makes an appeal to 'uphold the international human rights obligations of the Philippines' against the death penalty.
The United Nations (UN) human rights chief warned that the Philippines will break international law if it revives the death penalty despite having ratified a protocol against the capital punishment in 2007.
Lawmakers urged to reject revival of death penalty
November 27, 2016

Amnesty International says bringing back the death penalty would be a 'major setback' for human rights and would also be a violation of the Philippines' obligations under international law.

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Amnesty Int'l on death penalty push

Block return of death penalty in PH – Human Rights Watch
by Jee Y. Geronimo December 03, 2016
'The failure of the death penalty as a crime deterrent is globally recognized and the government should maintain the prohibition on its use,' says Human Rights Watch deputy Asia director Phelim Kine.

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Int'l groups to Duterte gov't: Death penalty isn't effective
by Voltaire Tupaz December 05, 2016
The measure is one of the priority bills of President Rodrigo Duterte to help reduce crime in the Philippines.
"We categorically and absolutely oppose the death penalty in any and all circumstances and consider its use to be a violation of the right to life and freedom from cruel, inhuman, or degrading punishment," about 67 signatories of a statement released on Monday, December 5, said.
Below is a list of 67 individuals and international groups that signed the statement against the reimposition of the death penalty in the Philippines.

Christian churches: 'Stop the killings, Mr President!'
by Paterno Esmaquel II December 13, 2016
The National Council of Churches in the Philippines asks why 'he who expressed disdain over Filipinos killing fellow Filipinos would now tolerate impunity'
The National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP) joined the call for President Rodrigo Duterte to stop the killings under his watch, as more than 5,900 people have died in Duterte's war on drugs.
The NCCP also denounced the death penalty, which Duterte has vowed to restore through his allies in Congress.
LIST: Crimes punishable by death under House Bill 1
December 08, 2016
AT LEAST 21 "heinous" crimes have been included in House Bill 1, also known as the Death Penalty bill, which was approved on first reading by the House of Representatives justice committee on Wednesday, December 7.

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A lethal mix? Death penalty and a 'flawed, corrupt' justice system
by Camille Elemia December 03, 2016
In People v Mateo in 2004, the Supreme Court says 71.77% of death penalty verdicts handed by lower courts were wrong. The SC reduced the sentences to life imprisonment and, even, acquittal.
With intensified calls to revive the death penalty, is the Philippines, particularly its criminal justice system, ready for it and its consequences?

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House death penalty bill: How they voted
The House justice committee votes in favor of reimposing the death penalty for heinous crimes in the Philippines. Who voted for and against the measure?

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FULL TEXT: Fixing justice system, not death penalty, will deter crime – Rocamora
February 15, 2017
Siquijor Representative Ramon Rocamora likens the reimposition of the death penalty to handing a match box to a child who is incapable of handling fire.

House to extend death penalty debates to January 2017
Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas says more supermajority congressmen would be amenable to reimposing the death penalty if only applied to drug-related cases

both by Mara Cepeda December 07, 2016

Death penalty gets House panel's nod
December 07, 2016 by Jauhn Etienne Villaruel
The restoration of capital punishment in the Philippines is now slated for plenary debates, as the House justice committee on Wednesday approved a report containing the substitute bill that would allow death penalty back in the country's criminal justice system.

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House panel approves death penalty bill
Dec 7, 2016

Robredo, LP senators slam pace of death penalty approval
December 08, 2016
Vice President Leni Robredo has expressed alarm at the quick passage in the House committee level of the bill restoring death penalty in the country.
"Tila minadali ng komite ang pag-apruba sa panukalang batas na ito para lamang mapagbigyan ang kagustuhan ng Pangulo," she said.
Robredo questioned how the proposed bill was passed without any evidences or studies that would say that death penalty would be effective in suppressing crime
Robredo: Death penalty bill rushed to fulfill Duterte's wishes
December 08, 2016
The Vice President says no sufficient evidence was presented during the hearings that would support or refute claims that the death penalty would be an effective deterrent against crime.
Hontiveros: Death penalty in our 'Kill Bill' list
by Jee Y. Geronimo December 08, 2016
Two other lawmakers also condemn the proposal to revive the death penalty, as well as plans to lower the age of criminal liability in the Philippines.
Senator Risa Hontiveros on Thursday, December 8, said they have numbers in the Senate to "put up a good fight" against the death penalty bill which the House justice committee already approved.

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Hontiveros likens deaths under Duterte admin to 'necrophilia'
by Mara Cepeda February 15, 2017
Senator Risa Hontiveros says there seems to be an 'obsession with death' under the Duterte administration – from the death penalty to extrajudicial killings due to the war on drugs.

Archbishops Tagle, Villegas denounce death penalty
by Paterno Esmaquel II December 12, 2016

'Every life has hope,' Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle says, while Archbishop Socrates Villegas pushes to reform the justice system.
The Philippines' two most influential Catholic bishops have spoken!

Cardinal Tagle: 'I will not give up on criminals'
by Paterno Esmaquel II December 14, 2016
'Tao 'yan, buhay 'yan! May pag-asa 'yan,' Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle says of drug addicts and others 'drawn into vices'
Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle made an impassioned appeal for criminals, including drug addicts, as he denounced the death penalty being pushed by President Rodrigo Duterte and his allies in Congress.
Bishop calls for prayer rally vs death penalty on December 12
by Paterno Esmaquel II December 06, 2016
'What a tragedy if this would be passed in this holy season of Christ's birth,' Archbishop Socrates Villegas says, referring to the death penalty bill.

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Church leaders oppose moves to revive death penalty
Dec 9, 2016
Catholic Church leaders oppose the revival of the death penalty now that a measure seeking its reimposition is submitted for plenary deliberations at the House of Representatives.

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Manila Archdiocese releases prayer vs death penalty
The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Manila has released a prayer which aims to combat the reimposition of death penalty in the Philippines.

Cardinal Tagle releases prayer vs death penalty
by Paterno Esmaquel II December 10, 2016
'Help us to work tirelessly against state-sanctioned death,' says the Archdiocese of Manila's prayer against the death penalty.

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Prayer rally, idinaos kontra pagbabalik ng death penalty

Nagdaos ng prayer rally at signature campaign sa Pangasinan, ang mga grupong tutol sa death penalty. Sa Ilocos Sur, ipinaskil naman ang mga tarpaulin sa mga simbahan, bilang pagtutol sa extrajudicial killings. Nagpa-Patrol, Michelle Soriano. TV Patrol, Huwebes, 15 Disyembre 2016

Suarez wants death penalty under Duterte admin only
by Mara Cepeda December 14, 2016

House Minority Leader Danilo Suarez says this could be a way to 'appease' the Church, which is strongly opposing the proposed revival of capital punishment in the country.
House Minority Leader Danilo Suarez, a co-author of the measure seeking to reimpose the death penalty for heinous crimes, only wants capital punishment to be implemented under the term of President Rodrigo Duterte.

Death penalty bill hurdles House committee
by Mara Cepeda December 07, 2016

Advocates of the death penalty bill are hoping that the measure would be passed on 3rd and final reading before Congress goes on Christmas break.

Alvarez to ostracized pro-death penalty Catholics: Change your religion
by Mara Cepeda December 06, 2016
Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says if Filipino Catholics who support the death penalty are ostracized by the Church, they should instead find another religion.
Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez advised Filipino Catholics to look for a new religion should they be ostracized for supporting the reinstatement of the death penalty in the country.

aboutphilippines.ph says: We are angry - NEVER death penalty!

Capital punishment in the Philippines

has a varied history and was suspended on June 24, 2006 - the second time since 1987.
Filipinos have mixed opinions about the death penalty, with many opposing it on religious and humanitarian grounds, while advocates see it as a way of deterring crimes.

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REPUBLIC ACT NO. 7659
AN ACT TO IMPOSE THE DEATH PENALTY ON CERTAIN HEINOUS CRIMES, AMENDING FOR THAT PURPOSE THE REVISED PENAL LAWS, AS AMENDED, OTHER SPECIAL PENAL LAWS, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES

Looking back: Death penalty in the Philippines
By TAPAT. Ang Balitang Totoo June 13, 2016

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Return of death penalty in PH 'violates' international law
President Rodrigo Duterte and some lawmakers have called for the return of the death penalty as a way to strengthen the rule of law. But the Philippines could violate international law if it brings the punishment back.

Duterte: Death penalty for heinous crimes in case there’s no God
By: Gil C. Cabacungan September 26, 2016

President Duterte wants to reimpose the death penalty to ensure that criminals pay for their sins in case God does not exist.

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Duterte seeks death penalty in war on crime
by Ted Regencia 27 September 2016
Philippine president seeks restoration of capital punishment in his fight against drug traffickers and users.
Duterte had promised to re-impose the death penalty during his campaign.

House panel wants to reimpose death penalty for drug cases
by Mara Cepeda October 18, 2016

The House justice committee wants to put the BuCor and the BJMP under a single department for the 'rationalization' of the jail management system

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Alvarez: We’re not rushing the death penalty bill in the House
by Mara Cepeda November 29, 2016
Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says that should the measure be passed into law, President Rodrigo Duterte would have the political will to implement the death penalty.

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Will the Philippines reinstate the death penalty?
May 16, 2016 by euronews

President-elect Rodrigo Duterte who says he plans to bring back the death penalty in the Philippines.
"What I would do is urge Congress to restore the death penalty by hanging," Duterte told reporters.
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More crime, corruption ahead if death penalty revived
Dec 12, 2016

Reviving the death penalty will only “aggravate” the crime situation and will worsen corruption in the country, a party-list representative said Monday.
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De Lima to Duterte: Rethink stand on death penalty

Senatorial aspirant Leila De Lima, who is currently in the 'Magic 12', has urged presumptive president Rodrigo Duterte to rethink his stand on death penalty, as she emphasized that Philippines still has a weak justice system.
May 17, 2016
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More Senators in Favor of Death Penalty in the Philippines to Come Back Soon

The proposal of incoming President Rodrigo R. Duterte to reimpose death penalty continues to gain support. Yesterday, more senators expressed support to various calls for an intensive debate on the proposal which the Senate is expected to take up immediately upon the opening of the 17th Congress.
Senate President Franklin Drilon had earlier expressed his readiness to engage in debates on the death penalty even though he said he is against the proposal due to a flawed justice system in the country.
Jun 11, 2016
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PCES DEBATE - DEATH PENALTY
GEMMA L. NIERVES
Jul 13, 2016
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Duterte urged to rethink death penalty!

A former chairperson of the Commission on Human Rights appealed to President Rodrigo Duterte to rethink his position on death penalty. - The World Tonight, ANC, August 3, 2016
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‘Balik Bitay?

This video entitled ‘Balik Bitay’ features the argument on returning death penalty for heinous crimes in the Philippines.

Isinusulong ng parating na administrasyon ni President-elect Rodrigo Duterte ang pagbabalik ng bitay sa bansa. Pero dapat na nga bang ibalik ang death penalty? Jun 27, 2016
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Sen. Manny Pacquiao VS. Sen. Leila de Lima - Debate about Death Penalty

(FULL VIDEO) Sen. Manny Pacquiao VS. Sen. Leila de Lima - Debate about Death Penalty @ Senate of the Philippines!
Aug 9, 2016

Might be on death row - IF...

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Chinese woman with 4kl. Shabu first to face death penalty under President Duterte

Carrying contraband is strictly prohibited in the Philippines and the Chinese Woman Carrying Shabu in Cebu on July 20 might face Death Penalty under President Duterte.
She might be the first to be executed for drug trafficking.
Jul 24, 2016

OFWs & etc. filipinos on death row - Abroad - Etc.

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3 OFWs on death row in China
by Camille Elemia July 14, 2017
Philippine Ambassador to China Jose Santiago Sta Romana says there are high hopes that at least one of the cases would be reduced to a life sentence
9 Filipinos sentenced to death over Sabah standoff
by June 08, 2017
The Malaysian Court of Appeal imposes the death penalty on 9 Filipinos for 'waging war' against Malaysia's head of state in 2013
The Malaysian Court of Appeal on Thursday, June 8, sentenced 9 Filipinos to death over the Sabah standoff that killed at least 70 people in 2013.

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Philippines to appeal Malaysia death sentence on 9 Filipinos
by Paterno Esmaquel II June 16, 2017 - with video
The 9 Filipinos face Malaysia's death row over the Sabah standoff that killed at least 70 people in 2013

Capital punishment in PH jeopardizes OFWs on death row
by Mara Cepeda February 23, 2017
Dinagat Islands Representative Kaka Bag-ao tells congressmen, 'Ang pagboto po natin ng yes sa death penalty ay katumbas sa pagdiin sa kanila sa kamatayan'

Migrante asks Duterte to seek clemency for OFWs on death row
by Raisa Serafica April 12, 2017
The global network of overseas Filipino workers (OFW) Migrante International urged Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to try to "save the lives of all overseas Filipino workers on death row" by seeking clemency for them.
Issue for Duterte to tackle: 10 Filipinos are on Saudi death row
By: Allan Nawal - Correspondent, Inquirer Mindanao April 10, 2017
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – Ten Filipinos are now on death row in various jails here after they had been convicted of various major offenses, according to figures released by the Philippine Embassy.
The seven men and the three women on death row were convicted of crimes punishable with death.

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Duterte can't seek clemency for OFWs on Saudi death row – Abella
by Paterno Esmaquel II April 11, 2017
Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella says 'there is no place for us to be asking for clemency at this stage' because the process has not reached the level of Saudi Arabia's King Salman.

Duterte to 'bring home' some OFWs on death row
April 10, 2017
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte leaves for a week-long trip, which will take him to Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Qatar.
President Rodrigo Duterte said he will bring home some of the overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who are on death row in the Middle East. Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Qatar all implement the death penalty, which Duterte wants to have reinstated
Duterte made the remarks in a press briefing at the Davao International Airport on Monday afternoon, April 10, shortly before his departure.

AT LEAST 71 OFWS IN DEATH ROW WORLDWIDE, 1 MORE SCHEDULED TO BE EXECUTED IN KUWAIT - DFA
January 27, 2017
At least 71 Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) are on Death Row in different parts of the world, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs.
92 migrant Filipinos on death row; 3,800 jailed
by Paterno Esmaquel II May 06, 2015
The Philippine government is urged to create 'a special body that looks into victims' assistance' in cases of Filipinos on death row.
A week after Indonesia postponed the execution of Filipino worker Mary Jane Veloso, the Philippines said it is closely watching the cases of 92 Filipinos on death row around the world.
The story of Mary Jane Veloso, in her own words
Updated April 29, 2015
In a narrative, Mary Jane Veloso herself tells the story of how she was framed and duped into unknowingly acting as a drug mule.

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CA halts taking of Mary Jane's deposition in Indonesia
March 27, 2017
Veloso's lawyers call the TRO an 'utter disappointment'

Aquino 'broke protocol' to save Mary Jane Veloso
April 29, 2015
The Philippine government narrates last-minute, behind-the-scenes moves to save 30-year-old Mary Jane Veloso from Indonesia's death row

Mary Jane Veloso execution delayed
April 29, 2015
(UPDATED) Eight other death row convicts – 7 of them foreigners – were put to death after midnight local time. Veloso's execution was delayed due to a 'last-minute plea' from the Philippine government.

Duterte may make plea for Mary Jane Veloso’s life in Indonesia
with video
by Pia Ranada September 05, 2016
'I may just have to ask Widodo in the most respectful and very, very courteous way,' says President Duterte about asking the Indonesian President for clemency for Veloso

Indonesia says Duterte has given it permission to execute Mary Jane Veloso
with video
by Oliver Holmes in Bangkok 12 September 2016
Jakarta claims President Rodrigo Duterte sanctioned execution of Filipina, who supporters say was duped into smuggling heroin

Report: Duterte gave go signal to execute Mary Jane Veloso
President Rodrigo Duterte had given the go signal to execute convicted Filipina Mary Jane Veloso in Indonesia, according to a report.
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Yasay says: No green light on Veloso execution
By Patricia Lourdes Viray
Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr. on Monday denied reports that President Rodrigo Duterte has given a "green light" to the execution of Filipino Mary Jane Veloso

both updated September 12, 2016

Veloso family visits Mary Jane on her 32nd birthday
January 15, 2017
'The children clung to their mother, making up for all the time that they were separated from their mother, not wanting the moment to end,' says Migrante International on the family's visit to Indonesia.

After 2 years, Mary Jane Veloso to testify in cases vs recruiters
February 25, 2017
Veloso's testimony will be taken through deposition on April 27 in Indonesia for the cases filed against Maria Cristina Sergio and Julius Lacanilao.

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OFW Jennifer Dalquez saved from death row in UAE
by Paterno Esmaquel II June 20, 2017

(3rd UPDATE) While acquitted of murder, OFW Jennifer Dalquez 'was sentenced to 5 years imprisonment... for stealing a mobile phone,' the DFA says.

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TIMELINE: How Jennifer Dalquez ended up on death row
by Don Kevin Hapal March 31, 2017

Here's what has happened so far in the case of Jennifer Dalquez, an OFW jailed in the United Arab Emirates.

OFW on death row in UAE, kin appeal to Duterte for help
February 27, 2017
Jennifer Dalquez claims her Arab employer tried to rape her at knifepoint and that she accidentally killed him while defending herself.

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OFW Jennifer Dalquez seeks acquittal
by Don Kevin Hapal April 26, 2017
Philippine Ambassador to the UAE Constancio Vingno Jr says Jennifer Dalquez's lawyer moved for her acquittal after the sons of her victim skipped a hearing they were instructed by the court to attend

UAE court postpones ruling on OFW Jennifer Dalquez again
by Don Kevin Hapal March 27, 2017
She is accused of killing her employer. The court will rule on her case April 12 instead, after one of the victim's children failed to attend the latest hearing.

Fate of Jennifer Dalquez in hands of victim’s children
by Don Kevin Hapal March 01, 2017 - UPDATED March 26 -
with Video
The Court of Appeals in Al Ain Judicial Court has postponed its ruling on the OFW's case, originally set for February 27, to March 27

Parents of OFW on death row in UAE seek Congress’ help
by Mara Cepeda March 01, 2017
Lawmakers file a resolution urging President Rodrigo Duterte to seek executive clemency for Jennifer Dalquez

OFW sentenced to death in UAE for killing employer
with video
May 24, 2015
An overseas Filipina worker was sentenced to death for allegedly killing her employer in the United Arab Emirates, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) confirmed Sunday.
DFA spokesman Charles Jose said Jennifer Dalquez, 28, was meted death penalty by a trial court in Al Ain, Abu Dhabi on May 20.
Dalquez was arrested on December 7, 2014 for killing her employer who allegedly tried to rape her.

Mother of Filipina maid sentenced to death appeals for help
February 11, 2017
Embassy official said they are providing legal assistance to the convict
Dubai: The mother of a Filipina maid who was sentenced to death in Al Ain has appealed to President Rodrigo Duterte and authorities to help their daughter.

PH embassy clears ‘death row’ reports on convicted OFW Jennifer Dalquez
with video
by UNTV News February 15th, 2017
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) government has yet to read its verdict on the murder case of Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) Jennifer Dalquez.

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British lord calls for ‘due clemency’ for OFW Jennifer Dalquez
by Don Kevin Hapal March 28, 2017

'It is clear from the evidence that her action was not pre-meditated, but a desperate response to an unprovoked sexual attack,' Lord Singh of Wimbledon writes to United Arab Emirates' ambassador to London.

9 Filipinos sentenced to death over Sabah standoff
by June 08, 2017
The Malaysian Court of Appeal imposes the death penalty on 9 Filipinos for 'waging war' against Malaysia's head of state in 2013
The Malaysian Court of Appeal on Thursday, June 8, sentenced 9 Filipinos to death over the Sabah standoff that killed at least 70 people in 2013.

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