House Justice Committee approves Death Penalty in the Philippines


The death penalty has finally been restored in the Philippines on Wednesday, December 7 by the House Justice committee with 12-6-1 votes.

The death penalty was last abolished in 2006 during president Gloria Arroyo’s term.

This is how House Justice Committee voted:
In favor
Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas, Ilocos Norte 1st District
Deputy Speaker Fredenil Castro, Capiz 2nd District
Deputy Speaker Gwendolyn Garcia, Cebu 3rd District
Deputy Speaker Sharon Garin, AMBIS-OWA
Arthur Defensor Jr, Iloilo 3rd District
Juan Pablo Bondoc, Pampanga 4th District
Victoria Noel, An Waray
Ruwel Gonzaga, Compostela Valley 2nd District
Carlos Uybarreta, 1-CARE
Vicente Veloso, Leyte 3rd District
Divina Yu, Zamboanga del Sur 1st District

Not in favor
Kaka Bag-ao, Dinagat Islands
Jose Christopher Belmonte, Quezon City 6th District
Juliet Ferrer, Negros Occidental 4th District
Lawrence Fortun, Agusuan del Norte 1st District
Ramon Rocamora, Siquijor
Carlos Zarate, Bayan Muna

Abstain:
Anthony Bravo, COOP-NATCCO

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The following crimes that are punishable by death penalty through hanging, firing squad or lethal injection.

  1. Treason
  2. Piracy in general and mutiny on the high seas or in Philippine waters
  3. Qualified piracy
  4. Qualified bribery
  5. Parricide
  6. Murder
  7. Infanticide
  8. Rape
  9. Kidnapping and serious illegal detention
  10. Robbery with violence against or intimidation of persons
  11. Destructive arson
  12. Plunder
  13. Importation of dangerous drugs and/or controlled precursors and essential chemicals
  14. Sale, trading, administration, dispensation, delivery, distribution and transportation of dangerous drugs and/or controlled precursor and essential chemicals
  15. Maintenance of a den, dive or resort where any dangerous drug is used or sold in any form
  16. Manufacture of dangerous drugs and/or controlled precursors and essential chemicals
  17. Possession of dangerous drugs
  18. Cultivation or culture of plants classified as dangerous drugs or are sources thereof
  19. Unlawful prescription of dangerous drugs
  20. 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 precursors and essential chemicals, instruments/ paraphernalia and/or laboratory equipment including the proceeds or properties obtained from the unlawful act committed.
  21. Criminal liability for planting evidence
  22. Carnapping
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