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President Rodrigo Duterte had warned to execute “five or six” death row convicts if the death penalty is revived.
"Eh sana sabihin na, eh bakit hindi hingiin ni Duterte iyang death penalty. Eh may death penalty wala namang nangyari noon. Eh anak ka ng--ibalik mo sa akin iyan, ako ang mag... araw-arawin ko iyan, lima o anim. Totoo. Kaya ko hinihingi kasi talagang hihiritan kita," Duterte said.
"Eh kung ayaw n'yo ibalik ang death penalty, eh 'di ibang hirit tayo. You want it legal, fine; you destroy my country, I destroy you. Wala na tayong pinag-usapan dito. That is my – itong mga kasi, itong mga i--no offense intended ah, istorya na lang ito. Istorya lang man ito," Duterte added.
Duterte wanted to restore the capital punishment.
Under punishable by death penalty were rape, kidnapping for ransom, murder and drug trafficking.
Way back election, Duterte would like to execute by hanging the criminals.
Sen. Pacquiao filed Senate Bill 185 proposing that death penalty and Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez filed House Bill 01 for the reimposition. Then last Dec. 7, it was approved by the committee.
Source: GMA, Philstar