Allies of President Rodrigo Duterte at the House of Representatives have agreed to further dilute the pending death penalty bill by removing plunder, rape, and treason from the coverage of the capital punishment.
Representative Reynaldo Umali, chairman of the committee on justice, said on Monday, February 27, that the House majority bloc has decided to limit the proposed restoration of the death penalty to drug-related heinous crimes.
“We agreed that ‘yung bill will be limited to drug-related heinous crimes and there are only three or four instances where death penalty will be imposed,” Umali said. “Tanggal na ‘yung treason, plunder, rape,” he added.
Umali said that there were issues raised, citing effects on the economy and trade.
“Kasi meron kaninang mga issues na na-raise na meron ring effect sa economy and trade. It is more of getting the consensus of the group,” Umali said.
He said that the discussion of the House on the death penalty bill “became easier when we limited it to just one crime.”
“Sabi ko nga after all, this was the original intent after we have conducted the illegal drug trade in the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) inquiry na we would like to re-impose death penalty for drug related heinous crimes. So parang nauwi lang tayo ulit dun,” Umali said.
The death penalty under House Bill No. 1 seeks to revive the death penalty, which was repealed in 2006.