New ICAD co-chair wants death penalty for drug offenders

New ICAD co-chair wants death penalty for drug offenders

Newly appointed Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD) co-chairperson Dante Jimenez backed the call for the reinstatement of the death penalty for drug offenders in the country.
In a press conference in Malacanang, Jimenez said he would ask President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to make a “priority bill” the proposed re-imposition of the death penalty to deter drug personalities from committing the unlawful act of selling narcotics.

“Importante ‘yun (Making it a priority bill is important) because this is the one penalty that would be able to institute fear among these illegal drug lords. That's why nandito lahat ng mga drug lord. Dito sa Pilipinas pumupunta dahil walang death penalty dito (We currently don’t have a death penalty, that’s why drug lords are here in the Philippines),” he said.
Newly appointed ICAD chair shows his acceptance letter which was signed with his blood.
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Jimenez also heads the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC), welcomed his new designation as ICAD co-chair by signing his acceptance letter with his own blood.
The position was the one previously occupied by Vice President Leni Robredo, who made a statement that the Drug war of the Duterte administration as a “massive failure”
Jimenez defended the government’s war on illegal drugs, saying Robredo’s claim was “false.”

“Let us disprove the peddled, yet unfounded, claim that the government's war on illegal drugs is a 'massive failure.' In fact, it is the strong support for the war on illegal drugs that has been critical in the immense public support for the President,” he said.

Jimenez vowed that during his stint at ICAD, he would exhaust all efforts to destroy illegal drugs “by all means.”

“I have seen and felt the disastrous effects of the illegal drug trade on many families, and its real threat to the future of our country. It is a mistake to ignore its potential to destroy an entire nation," Jimenez said.

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