House of Rep. withdraws approval of death penalty for drugs

House of Rep. withdraws approval of death penalty for drugs

Oops! There is still no death penalty for convicted drug offenders.
The House of Representatives  has withdrawn its approval on third and final reading of a bill that would have re-imposed the death penalty  on convicted drug offenders, particularly those found committing the offense during parties, social gatherings and meetings.

Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo,authored House Bill 8909, was pulled out of plenary yesterday after the measure was approved on Monday. The measure would have upgraded the penalty from “life imprisonment to death” for violators of the Dangerous Drugs Law (RA 9165).
House Bill 8909, principally authored by Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, was pulled out in plenary yesterday after the measure was approved on a 172-0 vote.(photo credit to PhilStar)

It was not clear what were the reasons for it to be pulled out of the plenary session.

A 172-0, the HOR earlier gave its go signal for the bill doubted as the one that will make President Duterte’s drive in clearing the streets of illegal drugs.
Section 13 of HB 8909 proposed that persons found in possession of dangerous drugs in parties, social gatherings or meetings would be meted life imprisonment to death, and fined P500,000 to P10 million.
It likewise expanded the definition of drug trafficking as “illegal cultivation, culture, delivery, administration, dispensation, manufacture, sale, trading, transportation, distribution, importation, exportation, chemical diversion” and having “precursor chemicals.”
Under the proposed House Bill 8909, which at present only penalizes importation of drugs, has also sought to upgrade and improve RA 9165 by punishing persons or group of persons found guilty of exporting dangerous drugs.
It will also make valid for only three months the certificates issued by drug testing centers from the usual one-year validity period. Athletes will be required to undergo drug testing twice a year.

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