House of Rep. reimposes death penalty on drugs

House of Rep. reimposes death penalty on drugs

172-0, in favor of reimposing death penalty on illegal drugs.

The House of Representatives reimposed anew the death penalty in the country’s penal system, it has provided for the capital punishment on persons found in possession of dangerous drugs during parties, social gatherings and meetings.

All of these are contained in the House Bill 8909 that would amend Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
House of Representatives (photo credit to Manila Bulletin)

The measure was approved on third and final reading with 172 affirmative votes against zero negative votes.
House Bill 8909 was the result of atleast 15 bills, seeking to amend the dangerous drugs law.
Reps. Rozzano Rufino Biazon (PDP-Laban, Muntinlupa City); Winston Castelo (PDP-laban, QuezonCity); Alfredo Garbin and Rodel Batocabe (Ako Bicol Partylist) and former president and Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, and among others are the authors.
Highlight of the bill is contained in Section 13: “penalizes a person found possessing any dangerous drug during a party or a social gathering or meeting attended by two or more individuals with life imprisonment or death. A fine ranging from P5 million to P10 million, regardless of the amount of seized narcotics, will also be imposed.
HB 8909  has for its rationale “seeks to further strengthen drug prevention and control by providing legal presumption on those who are considered importer, financier and protector or coddler of illegal drugs.
Also included in the bill are the “negligent lessors, whose properties would be found to have been turned into a drug laboratory, drug den and venue for other illegal drug activities, will also be penalized”
If a property is owned by a third person and it is used as a den, dive, or resort to commit violation of the provisions of RA 9165, criminal liability will extend to the partner, president, director, manager, trustee, estate administration or officer of the corporation or partnership who consents to or tolerates such a violation.
The bill also gives the responsibility to the Office of the Ombudsman and the Civil Service Commission to investigate cases of acquittal of drug cases to determine whether or not these were bungled by the prosecutor, investigator or concerned arresting officers.
The bill also mandates professional and non-professional athletes to undergo mandatory drug tests at least twice a year. Those found positive of drug use will be suspended and subjected to further investigation by appropriate government agencies.
Immunities will also be granted to state witnesses as long they meet the qualifications, they should be  : who appear to be the least guilty, but can testify to personal knowledge and info necessary for the conviction of other rogue suspects.
House bills also provide a presumption of planting of evidence against law enforcers if the rules of procedure and/or engagement for arrest, search and seizure have not been complied with.
There is also a presumption of a person as financier if she or he causes the payment, underwrites and supplies the money for planting, maintenenace and operation of marijuana plantation and drug laboratories.

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