PDEA : Death penalty to curb illegal drugs, related crimes

PDEA : Death penalty to curb illegal drugs, related crimes

The death penalty is again being considered as a deterrent for those committing heinous crimes.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte in his 4th State of the Nation Address has called for the Congress to pass such legislation that will make death penalty operational again in the country.

The lead agency in government that is tasked to curb or eliminate illegal drugs in the country has voiced its full support to the move of the President. The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) is of the belief that it will  serve as a strong deterrent against crimes related to illegal drugs.

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“Foreign and local drug offenders, especially drug protectors and coddlers who were found guilty of manufacturing, trafficking, and pushing of dangerous drugs, warrant the capital punishment,” PDEA Director General Aaron N. Aquino said in a statement on Wednesday.
“Offenders of heinous crimes fueled by illegal drugs, like rape, also deserve the state-sanctioned execution,” he added.
According to the PDEA Director general, the more uncompromising and tough  the law is, the harder it is to break.

“Death penalty, not life imprisonment, must be imposed on all international and local drug traffickers to send a strong message not to turn our country into a business hub for illegal drugs. They tend to capitalize on our laws where the maximum penalty is less harsh.”

The President in his SONA calls out the help of Congress for the reimposition of death penalty for heinous crimes caused by illegal drugs, and plunder.
According to the Chief Executive, the drug problem will not be solved unless corruption is eliminated.
“Illegal drugs, criminality and corruption are social menaces that go hand in hand. Get rid of one problem, the other two can no longer survive,” Aquino said.

“If you have done something evil, you have to pay. We are not promoting a cycle of violence. However, it is morally justified in imposing death penalty to people who seek to destroy the lives of the Filipinos, most especially our youth,” the PDEA chief stressed.

Death Penalty in the PH (timeline)

1993 – under Republic Act 7659 capital punishment was restored during;
          the     presidency of Fidel V. Ramos.

1996 - Republic Act 8177 was passed, prescribing the use of lethal
          injection as the method of carrying out capital punishment.

2006 - Under the administration of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo she signed
              Republic Act 9346, which abolished the death penalty and
              downgraded the maximum penalty for crimes to reclusion perpetua
              (imprisonment of up to 40 years) and life imprisonment.

2016 – present, President Duterte has pushed for its reinstatement since
          the start of the presidential campaign and was also mentioned in  
          the 2017 SONA. His to allies in the Senate,  Senators          
              Bong Go and Ronald Dela Rosa has made it public that they will
              push for its reimposition.

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