MANILA -- Senator-elect Ronald Dela Rosa on Wednesday said he would push for death by firing squad for convicted drug traffickers.
"Wala naman akong ibang campaign promise, 'di ba. Wala akong ibang plataporma noong tumakbo ako kundi bitay, bitay, bitay," the former police and corrections chief told reporters.
(I don't have any other campaign promise, platform when I ran other than death penalty, death penalty, death penalty.)
"Gusto ko iyung firing squad sa plaza, covered by live, covered by media para makita ng taumbayan na di tayo dapat gumawa ng ganito. Maging deterrent 'yan," he added.
(I want firing squad, covered by media so that the public can see that we shouldn't do this, that would become a deterrent.)
The death penalty should apply to large-scale drug traffickers, not street-level peddlers, said Dela Rosa.
President Rodrigo Duterte has been hoping to reinstate the death penalty in the Philippines, where nearly 80 percent of its population is made up of Catholics, as he wages his war on illegal drugs and pursues an anti-crime campaign.
With a report from Zhander Cayabyab, ABS-CBN News