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    Phl: Death for foreigners on drugs

    THE House Committee on Dangerous Drugs on Wednesday endorsed for plenary passage of the proposed statute providing that foreign nationals caught violating Philippine drug laws would be meted with death that their countries' laws impose.
    "The committee approved the bill to deter foreign nationals from engaging in drug-related activities in the country," Committee Chairman Vicente Belmonte stressed in Committee Report No. 58 on HB 1213.
    The Committee-approved bill mandates the imposition of the penalty for drug offenses as prescribed under the national law of the foreign national or the penalty under R.A. 9165, whichever is higher.
    "While there is no reason to question the laws of foreign countries, we must ensure that our countrymen do not suffer the short end of the stick," author Rep. Rufus Rodriguez of Cagayan de Oro City said.
    HB 1213 or "An Act adopting the higher prescribed penalty, including death, of the national law of an alien found guilty of trafficking dangerous drugs and other similar substances, amending for the purpose R.A. No. 9165.
    During the bill's public hearings, the author also noted arguments against R.A. 9346 which abolished the death penalty in the country, saying many foreign nationals were emboldened to establish their drug factories in the Philippines.
    "Once convicted, these foreign nationals only suffer life imprisonment as opposed to the penalties that they suffer in their own countries which, in some cases like China, is death," Rodriguez pointed out.
    He also cited Chinese nationals being caught selling drugs and operating drug dens and laboratories in the Philippine. The penalty, he said, is only life imprisonment.
    Recent execution in China includes Elizabeth Batain, 38; Sally Ordinario-Villanueva, 32; and Ramon Credo, 42, including a 35-year-old Filipina executed last year.
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