DAVAO CITY - President-elect Rodrigo Duterte, who is pushing for the reimposition of death penalty, told congressmen he favored hanging over lethal injection, one lawmaker present at the meeting said Wednesday.
The 71-year-old leader, who assumes office on June 30, recently secured a "super majority" in the House of Representatives that will enable him to push for his agenda.
"Hindi daw nakakatakot yung lethal kasi patutulugin mo. Samantalang yung hanging makikita mong nagkakawag-kawag doon," Quezon Rep. Danilo Suarez told ABS-CBN News.
Another lawmaker present during the early evening meeting here on Tuesday, Camarines Sur Rep. Rolando Andaya, suggested realigning a portion of the 2016 budget to refurbish the country's lethal injection chambers.
Former president Gloria Arroyo repealed the death penalty law in 2006 just before she went to the Vatican for an audience with Pope Benedict XVI.
But Duterte, who campaigned on the promise of a "bloody war" against crime, sought to revive it. He is also seeking a shift to the federal-parliamentary form of government to devolve power and resources that have long been held in the capital.
Seventeen congressmen met with Duterte on Tuesday, including Speaker Feliciano Belmonte of outgoing President Benigno Aquino’s Liberal Party. Belmonte said the speakership was "in the bag" for Duterte's choice, Davao del Norte Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez.
Suarez is vying for the minority leadership. He is from the United Nationalist Alliance of Vice President Jejomar Binay, who lost to Duterte in the May elections.
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