Philippines’ dark history with the death penalty
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Philippines’ dark history with the death penalty

THE Philippines’ House of Representatives votes today on the second reading of House Bill 4727, or the reimposition of the death penalty.

The proposal is expected to pass as lawmakers have been under mounting pressure from the administration to approve it, with some being threatened with replacement if they do not vote in favour of the president-backed Bill.

The proposed revival was originally intended to cover all grave offences such as rape, treason and plunder, but was reduced to only include “drug related heinous crimes” after Congress voted on Monday to limit the Bill to just one crime.

President Rodrigo Duterte has been pushing for the revival of the death penalty, which he says would be a form of “retribution” rather than a deterrent for crime. This is despite heavy opposition by human rights groups, opposition lawmakers and the Catholic Church.