- Duterte is eyeing to execute 50 drug lords and other criminals once death penalty is revived
- The passing of a bill calling for restoration of death penalty is expected within the year
- Duterte believes the execution of criminals will deter crime
The bill calling for the re-imposition of death penalty on heinous crimes is expected to be passed in three to six months or before the end of 2016, a lawmaker said.
Quezon Representative Danilo Suarez said incoming President Rodrigo Duterte, who is known for his deep hatred for drug lords, has sought the help of the House of Representative leaders to pass the bill.
Suarez said the proposed measure reinstating capital punishment is the first priority bill Duterte wants to be passed, noted Death Penalty News on an article dated June 9, 2016.
“The first priority bill is the re-imposition of the death penalty. He mentioned how serious this problem of criminality is already,” he said.
The Quezon Representative said Duterte is eyeing to execute 50 drug lords and other criminals per month.
As mentioned in Philstar, Suarez had reportedly told the Usaping Balita forum at the Serye Café in Quezon City that the incoming president feels that if at least 50 drug lords and other convicts are hanged every month, their execution will deter crime.
Duterte believes the re-imposition of death penalty will help him fulfill his election campaign promise to curb illegal drugs and criminality and restore law and order in three to six months.
Suarez believed that the passage of a measure on capital punishment can be fast tracked by Congress because Duterte’s allies in the Senate and House of Representatives have clinched the support of the “super majority” of their colleagues.