Duterte calls on Congress anew to reimpose death penalty
Robie de Guzman • July 23, 2019 • 972
MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday (July 22) renewed his call for Congress to revive the imposition of the death penalty in the country.
In his fourth State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday afternoon, Duterte called on his allies to reinstate capital punishment against heinous crimes for crimes related to drugs and plunder.
“I respectfully request Congress to reinstate the death penalty for heinous crimes related to drugs as well as plunder,” he said.
“We have not risen above and beyond the parochial interest. Our loyalty to family, friends and tribal kin continue to exact a heavy toll on the programs designed to uplift the poor,” the president said, quoting Filipino writer F. Sionil Jose.
He also recalled the Marawi City siege, claiming that drug money killed many policemen and soldiers.
The chief executive has described illegal drugs as a social menace, and recognized that the government still has a long way to go in order to curb illegal drug use.
“That’s the reason why I advocate the imposition of the death penalty for crimes related to illegal drugs,” the president said.
Duterte likewise acknowledged that there is also a need to solve corruption, which he said allows illegal drugs to proliferate.
“The drugs will not be crushed unless we continue to eliminate corruption that allows the social monster to survive,” he said.
The proposed reimposition of the death penalty has faced strong opposition in the previous Congress.
With Duterte’s allies dominating the 18th Congress, the administration hopes to pass its supported bills with more ease.
President Duterte has been pushing for the reinstatement of capital punishment in the Philippines as he wages war against crime and illegal drugs.
MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang on Monday said that President Rodrigo Duterte will not interfere with the row between Duterte Youth Party-list nominee Ronald Cardema and Commission on Elections (Comelec) Rowena Guanzon.
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said Cardema and Guanzon’s feud is between the two of them.
He added that the president will not meddle in the issue as he respects the independence of Comelec and other constitutional bodies.
“The case between Mr. Cardema and Commissioner Guanzon, I think it’s between the two of them,” he said.
“Moreover, the President respects the independence of any constitutional body. The President has not and will not interfere on any function of the Commission as well as other constitutional bodies,” he added.
Guanzon has been vocal about her opposition to Cardema’s nomination as the Duterte Youth Party-list representative and accused the latter as the one behind the threats against her.
Cardema, in turn, accused Guanzon of extortion, which she denied.
The Commissioner also dared the former to file an impeachment case against her.
The feud between the two follows the decision of the poll body’s first division to cancel Cardema’s nomination as representative of the Duterte Youth party because the law states that youth representatives must be from 25 to 30 years old.
Instead of having word war, Panelo advised Cardema to file an appropriate complaint against Guanzon to settle the issue. (with details from Rosalie Coz)
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