The death penalty may soon be reinstated after the House justice committee recently approved the bill that will restore capital punishment.
The panel voted 12-6-1 for House Bill Number 1, which sees the return of the death penalty. When approved by the House of Representatives, capital punishment will be imposed on various crimes including carnapping among other things.
Other crimes included in House Bill Number 1 are:
Kidnapping and serious illegal detention
Robbery with violence against or intimidation of persons
Importation of dangerous drugs and/or controlled precursors and essential chemicals
Sale, trading, administration, dispensation, delivery, distribution, and transportation of dangerous drugs and/or controlled precursors and essential chemicals
Maintenance of drug dens
Manufacture of dangerous drugs and/or controlled precursors and essential chemicals
Possession of dangerous drugs
Cultivation or culture of plans classified as dangerous drugs or are sources thereof
Unlawful prescription of dangerous drugs
Criminal liability of a public officer or employee for misappropriation, misapplication, or failure to account for the confiscated, seized and/or surrendered dangerous drugs, plant sources of dangerous drugs, controlled precursers and essential chemicals, instruments/paraphernalia and/or laboratory equipment including the proceeds or properties obtained from the nulawful act committee
Criminal liability for planting evidence concerning illegal drugs
With its swift approval at the lower house, House Bill No. 1 may meet the targeted date before Congress goes for a Christmas break. President Rodrigo Duterte is adamant for the return of capital punishment as he sees it necessary for his war on criminality.