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    Posted January 28, 2014 by

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    Death penalty in Philippines proposed

    IN a bid to lessen an alarming rise of criminality in the Philippines, Senator Vicente Sotto III on Friday filed a bill imposing death penalty “only” on heinous crimes.
    In Senate Bill 2080, Sotto cited Article 19, Section 3 of the Constitution which provides “Excessive fines shall not be imposed nor cruel, degrading or inhuman punishment inflicted. Neither shall death penalty be imposed, unless, for compelling reasons involving heinous crimes, the Congress hereafter provides for it.”
    ”The influx of heinous crimes committed poses an alarming situation in the country nowadays,” the actor-turned politician explained.
    He added: ”The indiscriminate and horrendous brutality happening everywhere rightfully and justifiably compels the government to resort to the ultimate criminal penalty provided for by no less than our Constitution – the death penalty.”
    Sotto said life imprisonment proves to be a non-deterrent against criminality.
    The proposal of Sotto is also consistent with the rationale of Republic Act 7659 or the Death Penalty Law which provides that death penalty is appropriately necessary due to the alarming upsurge of such crimes.
    ”The upsurge of such crimes has resulted not only in the loss of human lives and wanton destruction of property but also affected the nation’s efforts towards sustainable economic development and prosperity while at the same time has undermined the people’s faith in the government and the latter’s ability to maintain peace and order in the country,” Sotto said.
    Sotto, a former chairman of the Dangerous Drug Board, also filed in July last year a bill that would re-impose the death penalty in drug-related cases.
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