Death penalty gets House panel's nod
Wednesday, December 07, 2016
By JAUHN ETIENNE VILLARUEL Photo courtesy of PTV
THE restoration of capital punishment in the Philippines is now slated for plenary debates, as the House justice committee on Wednesday approved a report containing the substitute bill that would allow death penalty back in the country's criminal justice system.
The panel approved the report with 12 votes on the affirmative, six negative and one abstention.
The bill – a consolidation of seven House bills of the same intent – has enumerated heinous crimes punishable by death penalty, namely: Treason; Piracy in general and mutiny on the high seas or in Philippine water; Qualified piracy; Qualified bribery; Parricide; Murder; Infanticide; Rape; Kidnapping and serious illegal detention; Robbery with violence against or intimidation of persons; Destructive arson; Plunder; Possession of dangerous drugs; Carnapping, among others.