Palace to Duterte: Study re-imposition of death penalty

THE incoming administration of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte must thoroughly study the re-imposition of death penalty, a Palace official said Sunday.

Communication Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. cited the existing commitments of the Philippines to the United Nations against death penalty.

"The Secretary of Justice is affirming that the country has existing commitments to the United Nations and that reinstituting the death penalty is a vital policy change that needs to be thoroughly studied by the incoming administration and the 17th Congress," he said.

Outgoing Justice Secretary Emmanuel Caparas has warned that the Philippines may face sanctions from the international community if it violates its commitments, including the re-imposition of capital punishment.

Coloma said the Duterte government should also determine the position of the Filipinos insofar as death penalty is concerned.

"The people's voice needs to be heard, too, to ascertain whether indeed the majority would like to see this come to pass," he said.

Duterte has promised to bring back death penalty through hanging for heinous crimes. (SDR/Sunnex)
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