CEBU City Mayor Tomas Osmeña and Vice Mayor Edgardo Labella are both for the inclusion of plunder among the crimes punishable by death.

Osmeña said that stealing government funds costs lives and that the penalty should be imposed upon immediately to the perpetrator.

He said that if he were to suggest, tax evasion should also be included in the list of crimes punishable by death.

Osmeña said that he is in favor of the imposition of the death penalty as a whole, and added that it should be done “fairly fast.”

Labella, for his part, said he is not in favor of the death penalty.

But should it be imposed, plunder should be the first and most important felony deserving of such punishment, he said.

The Congress’ majority bloc last week decided to take out plunder from the list of crimes punishable by death under House Bill 4727.