Death Penalty nearing re-imposition.
Execution Death Penalty Capital Punishment Modern Methods
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Strange are the ways of the Congressmen elected by the Filipino masses to oversee their interests. They were all baying for restoration of order in the law and order situation in the country. But, when it came up for discussion and reading, their conscience woke up to remind them to be cautious.
However, at the end of the second reading, the original draft was whimpering at the reduction of its original clout. But, a democracy has to bear these denials as part of the overall deal.
In addition, a good beginning it was; the effort to usher in an era of peace and tranquility had begun. Well, not quite yet; the final reading and the passage of the bill remain.
While some may see it as a damp squib, the Speaker of the house was satisfied. The goal of installing an active deterrent to the most vexed problem of drugs was in sight.
Once it becomes law, it will not only act as a looming threat, it will ease the situation in jails. The Jails in the Philippines are notorious for their overcrowding, mismanagement convicts on death row awaiting execution.
Therefore, the Speaker conveyed that they wanted to go slow on the re-imposition of the death penalty. Moreover, in the current scenario, everyone had not made up their minds regarding the death penalty.
Hence, they wanted to first make it applicable for the most vexing problem i.e. drugs. Once we introduce the capital punishment for drugs, we can debate its utility for other heinous crimes. We kept other heinous crimes like rape and plunder aside for the time being, he said.
Consequently, you may call it a piecemeal or phase-wise implementation after due deliberations. In the meanwhile, we shall convince other members who are not still convinced about the matter.
The house will take up House Bill 4727 shortly for the 3rd reading which is the final reading before voting on it. The second reading took place last Wednesday and get approval on a voice vote.
Alvarez announced this at an ambush meeting
Other death penalty bills on other heinous crimes, such as plunder and rape, will come up later, Alvarez said, amid criticisms that the House majority excluded plunder and rape from capital punishment.
We shall debate the issues threadbare before we decide to implement the bill for other heinous crimes, Alvarez said. This way the government will prioritize and proceed further step by step.
But, for the moment, the bill for drug-related offenses is our immediate priority, Alvarez said. This way, we are not rushing things; all decisions will be conscious and considered decisions, he said.
We may approve it on Tuesday, he said. Meanwhile, he warned that he will strip those holding Deputy Speaker’s posts if they abstain or vote against the motion.
The amended bill now pertains only to drug-related offenses that are as follows:
• Sale, trading, administration, dispensation, delivery, distribution and transportation of dangerous drugs maintenance of a den, dive or resort
• Import of dangerous drugs
• Manufacturing dangerous drugs and/or controlled precursors and essential chemicals
• Misappropriation, misapplication or failure to account for confiscated, seized or surrendered dangerous drugs
• Planting of drugs as evidence.
However, life imprisonment is the maximum punishment to those possessing drugs,
Exemption exists in cases where of children below 18 and senior citizens above 70 years (at the time of committing the crime).
Lethal injection or death by a firing squad, are the modes of carrying out the death penalty.
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Written for: Lars-Magnus Carlsson
Monday, 06 March 2017