International commitments may hinder Duterte's plan
MANILA - Acting Justice Secretary Emmanuel Caparas leaves it up to the next administration to decide on the fate of the death penalty, even as he stresses that the Aquino administration's position is not in favor of its reimposition.
Speaking to reporters at the Department of Justice (DOJ) on Thursday, Caparas said: "Let's just put it this way, the official stance of this current administration is that we do not adhere to the death penalty…so held in abeyance, to put it that way."
"Again, that being the case, any administration following this administration may very well look into that and change the policy… It really depends on the individuals involved," he added.
Caparas also said he disagrees with the Duterte administration's plan to put a quota on the number of executions.
"Putting a quota, putting a number, I would revisit that. You don't put a number to items like that," he said.
In a meeting with lawmakers this week, Duterte reportedly said he prefers capital punishment by hanging and suggested 50 executions per week or per month.
“Parang mas gusto niya yung nagkakakawag pa. Sabi niya, palagay ko naman kung magbibitay tayo ng mga 50 kada buwan o linggo-linggo, parang ganoon, madala na iyang mga ‘yan,” said Quezon Rep. Danilo Suarez quoting the president-elect.
Caparas added that the Philippines also has to consider its commitments and obligations over international conventions and how reimposing the death penalty may impact these.
"We do have international obligations and commitments and these have to be reviewed as well because that will have an impact on that," he said.