“This statement only shows how barbaric and inhumane this government is. Nasa dugo na talaga nila ang pagiging sadista, malupit at marahas,” Senator Leila M. de Lima said in a statement after Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said that President Rodrigo Duterte prefers death penalty by hanging.
Secretary Panelo said if President Duterte will be asked, he wants death penalty by hanging. “But I think, iyong dati natin siguro, lethal injection siguro iyong dati,” Panelo said during the July 23 press conference.
“The simplistic equation that death penalty will result in greater crime deterrence reflects an elitist, anti-poor and misdirected mindset,” Senator de Lima said.
Senator de Lima, in the 18th Congress, has offered an alternative to death penalty through Senate Bill No. 187 which seeks to impose qualified reclusion perpetua or life imprisonment on extraordinary heinous crimes, such as drug cases and plunder.
If enacted into law, De Lima’s measure will impose qualified reclusion perpetua without parole on persons found guilty of treason, piracy, murder, infanticide, kidnapping and serious illegal detention, robbery with violence against or intimidation of persons, destructive arson, rape, plunder and violations of Dangerous Drug Act of 2002.
In addition to qualified reclusion perpetua or imprisonment of 50 years with no possibility of parole, those guilty of extraordinary heinous crimes will be fined PhP5 million under the measure.