SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau
12 March 2017 01:25:41 PM
The House of Representatives, voting 217-54 with one abstention, approved on third and final reading last March 7 House Bill 4727 or the proposed “Death Penalty Law,” seeking to reinstate the punishment of death for drug-related heinous crimes. The bill declares that in the interest of justice, public order and the rule of law, and the need to rationalize and harmonize penal sanctions, Congress finds compelling reasons to impose the death penalty on heinous crimes committed by offenders who are a continuous threat to society. The bill provides the death penalty shall be imposed on the following offenses: (1) importation of dangerous drugs; (2) sale, trading, administration, dispensation, delivery, distribution, and transportation of dangerous drugs; (3) maintenance of a den, dive, or resort where any dangerous drug is used or sold; (4) manufacture of dangerous drugs; and (5) possession of 10 grams or more of dangerous drugs. The plenary session was presided by Deputy Speaker and Ilocos Sur Second District Rep. Eric D. Singson.