Death penalty bill withdrawn, life imprisonment in place


On 08 November, presidential aspirant Senator Panfilo Lacson decided to officially withdraw his authorship on a bill seeking to reinstitute the death penalty as punishment for crimes through
the law.


MANILA, Philippines — Addressing a letter to Senate Secretary Atty. Myra Villarica, the senator requested that his proposed bill, Senate Bill No. 27, may no longer be considered by the Senate panels.

The reason behind his change of heart was the possibility of wrongful convictions. He then said that life imprisonment and penal reforms would instead be better alternatives.

Mas mainam na ang guilty ikulong habang buhay sa halip na inosente ma-execute dahil sa pagkakamali,” Lacson said in a statement Tuesday.

(Better that the guilty be imprisoned for life than to have innocents executed because of a wrong judgment.)

The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) earlier thanked Lacson and Sotto for withdrawing their support for the death penalty, expressing hopes that this would end calls to reinstate capital punishment. (HMP/JuanManila)  

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