Group opposes death penalty

AKBAYAN party-list reaffirmed its opposition to revive death penalty in the country's justice system, citing that they object any form of punishment that involves killing.

"The position of Akbayan is no to any crime and all form of punishment equitable to death," Akbayan representative Tomasin Villarin said Friday at Grand Men Seng Hotel.

He bared that the reinstatement of the capital punishment will have yet to undergo deliberation.

He said that if it passes the Congress then the Senate will lead the legislation and if it will be approved it will proceed to the Supreme Court (SC).

The death penalty bill identifies 21 heinous offenses under HB 4727 to be punished. He said that the plunder was trimmed down from the proposal which he said has an ulterior motive since some politicians were tagged in the crime.

Other crimes include treason, qualified piracy, murder, rape, kidnapping and serious illegal detention, and dangerous drug offenses.

He added that there is also a proposal that drug-related offenses including possession of 10 grams of illegal drugs as drug trafficking will be punishable by death.

He said that their efforts now is to inform the public about the possible effect of this restoration that was tagged by some as "anti-poor".

"Ang importante dito at least yong public are made aware of the general sentiments kasi sa death penalty ang una nilang tinanggal is plunder," he said.

Under the proposed death penalty provisions, those 18 years old below as well as senior citizens 70 years old and above are not allowed to undergo the punishment.

Villarin criticized the proposal to extend the reclusion Perpetua from 30 to 50 years which he said is still tantamount to death.
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