- Duterte favored death by hanging over lethal injection as mode of execution
- He shot down a proposal to appropriate funds for the rehabilitation of the lethal injection chamber that was last used in 1999
- Duterte said lethal injection is not frightening enough to deter crime
President-elect Rodrigo Duterte is hell bent on reinstating the death penalty law to deter crime in the country.
During a meeting with several lawmakers in Davao City last Tuesday, June 7, Duterte made known his preference to execute drug lords and other criminals by public hanging over the lethal injection that was used during the term of former President Joseph Estrada.
According to The Daily Tribune, the lethal injection was last used on convicted rapist Leo Echegaray in 1999.
Quezon Representative Danilo Suarez, one of the lawmakers present in the meeting, said Duterte rejected the proposal of Camarines Sur Rep. Rolando Andaya Jr., who is reportedly being groomed to be the chairman of House committee on appropriations, to realign a portion of the remaining 2016 National Budget for the rehabilitation of the lethal injection chamber.
“The president-elect declared there was no need for it as he preferred hanging as mode of execution,” he said.
Suarez said Duterte explained why he favored executions made through the gallows over lethal injection.
“Hindi daw nakakatakot yung lethal kasi patutulugin mo. Samantalang yung hanging makikita mong nagkakawag-kawag doon,” Quezon Rep. Danilo Suarez told ABS-CBN News.
[The lethal injection is not frightening enough because you will just let the convict sleep. With hanging, you can see the convict wiggling]
Personally, Suarez said he preferred death by firing squad because it is more dramatic.
“If I would be asked, I’d rather go for firing squad. It’s more dramatic. Imagine facing the musketry while blindfolded. It can be a serious deterrent to criminality,” he said.
The incoming president is eyeing to execute 50 drug lords and other criminals once the death penalty is revived.
Suarez said the passage of bill calling for the revival of death penalty in the country is doable in three to six months because Duterte’s allies in both chambers of Congress have clinched the support of the “super majority” of their colleagues.