Duterte to restore death penalty

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SHOOTING THE PRESIDENT Photographers and reporters jostle for the best position as Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte holds his first news briefing after the elections. AFP PHOTO

SHOOTING THE PRESIDENT Photographers and reporters jostle for the best position as Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte holds his first news briefing after the elections. AFP PHOTO

President-elect Rodrigo Duterte has vowed to reintroduce death penalty by hanging to stop crime.

The Davao City mayor said he will ask lawmakers to pass a measure allowing the death penalty for heinous crimes such as drug peddling, rape, murder, kidnap-for-ransom and robbery.

“What I would do is urge Congress to restore [the]death penalty by hanging especially if you use drugs,” Duterte added.

He said he will issue “shoot-to-kill” orders against those who resist arrest.


The 1987 Constitution restored the death penalty for heinous crimes.

President Gloria Arroyo repealed the law in 2006.

“Those who destroy the lives of our children will be destroyed,” Duterte said in wide-ranging comments to reporters in Davao City as he outlined his war on crime once he is sworn into office on June 30.

“Those who kill my country will be killed. Simple as that. No middle ground. No apologies. No excuses.”

Duterte also vowed to roll out Davao law-and-order measures on a nationwide basis, including a 2 a.m. curfew on drinking in public places and a ban on children walking on the streets alone late at night.

Smoking in restaurants and hotels will also be banned.

He said he preferred death by hanging to a firing squad because he did not want to waste bullets, and because he believed that snapping the spine with a noose was more humane.

For people convicted of two major crimes, Duterte said he wanted them hanged twice.

“After you are hanged first, there will be another ceremony for the second time until the head is completely severed from the body. I like that because I am mad,” he added.

Shoot to kill
The centerpiece of Duterte’s stunningly successful election campaign was a pledge to end crime within three to six months of being elected.

He promised during the campaign to kill tens of thousands of criminals, outraging his critics but hypnotizing tens of millions of Filipinos fed up with rampant crime and graft.

On one occasion, Duterte said 100,000 people would die, and so many bodies would be dumped in Manila Bay that the fish would grow fat from feeding on them.

In an initial news conference late Sunday, he clarified that his “shoot-to-kill” orders would be given for those involved in organized crime or who resist arrest.

Duterte said the military and the police will be used in his war on crime.

“I need military officers who are sharpshooters and snipers. It’s true. If you [criminals]fight, I will have a sniper shoot you,” he added.

On his ban on children walking alone late at night, Duterte warned that parents of repeat offenders would be arrested and thrown into jail for “abandonment.”

Death squad fears
Duterte has been accused of running vigilante death squads during his more than two decades as mayor of Davao, a city of about two million people that he says he has turned into one of the nation’s safest.

Rights groups say the squads — made up of police, hired assassins and ex-communist rebels — have killed more than 1,000 people.

They say children and petty criminals were among the victims.

WITH AFP

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  1. Peanutpeddler on

    Death penalty is the only way to go, criminals, rapists, drug suppliers, users, makers, runners etc. KILL THEM ALL. I salute and support you Mr President.

  2. How come the Chinese and Indonesian government imposed the death penalty on Pilipino drug carriers while in our country Chinese nationals are not only carriers but manufacturers of Shabu in our country ? Based on reciprocity , the law in China on death penalty must also be implemented in our country. Am I correct ?

  3. If the 1987 constitution includes the death penalty, how can Arroyo repeal the Constitution ? There must be a constitutional convention to change any provision of the constitution.

  4. Yap pres du30. Death penalty for foreigners who are drug traffickers. They are making the philippines as their transhipment

  5. Don’t mind the CHR and bishops who would like to block the death penalty. Wait for these people to become victims themselves and for sure they will beg for it to be restored.

  6. Now, they will be afraid.. Mr. President, its good you restore death penalty by hanging at the public plaza . Like here in Saudi Arabia, they hang at the public eyes at their plaza..Go go go go go Mr. President..Abusado na ang mga tao , lalo na ang mga may connection sa matataas…Restore the death penalty. huwag mo ng padaan sa congress, gawan mo na ng EO order. para hindi na magtgal sa congress.. at senado.

  7. that rapist taxi driver should be the first one to be hang,next are the drug dealers and manufacturers,they destroy more lives than killers anyway.remember: there are no users if there’s no suppliers….

  8. President-elect Rod Duterte, please include those who manufacture drugs specially foreigners and whose country that execute our drug carries who, for need of money are forced to be drug carriers like China, Indonesia, Malaysia, etc.

  9. He should do it by executive order. Heinous criminals do not deserve human rights. We should not feed and shelter these kinds if criminals, its a waste if taxpayers money. Just kill them. And dont listen to commission on human rights. Chr can be a tool of the cia

  10. So all the police have to say is someone resisted arrest and they are cleared from killing suspects. A suspect is not always guilty which is why there are courts.
    These are the same police that are committing crimes like kidnapping for business people for ransom right ?

    • Per Duterte, policemen that are criminals, Duterte will shoot them himself. Read Dutertes notes. Duterte will shoot the bad policeman himself. He will also increase policemen salary to 70000 per month. Duterte is just copying America pay scale . Police in US live in rich neighborhoods and earn big salaries more than managers of a midium size companies.