'Anti-death penalty Gordon should create justice sub-committee'

Adrian Ayalin, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 12 2016 03:45 PM

Senate Justice Committee Chair Richard Gordon

Senator Panfilo Lacson said Senate Justice Committee Chair Richard Gordon should create a sub-committee within the Justice and Human Rights Committee to tackle the Senate version of the death penalty bill.

"I don't know how he will defend the bill kasi sinabi rin niya he's against death penalty. I don't know. My suggestion is for him to appoint or create a subcommittee who's willing to defend the bill on the floor and even conduct committee hearings. That's awkward," said Lacson.

This comes as the the House of Representatives justice committee, voting 12-6-1, approved the proposal to reinstate the death penalty, advancing it to the lower plenary of the House last week.

The bill reimposes the death penalty for heinous crimes which it defined as “grievous, odious and hateful offenses, which by reason of their inherent or manifest wickedness, viciousness, atrocity and perversity are repugnant, outrageous to the common standards and norms of decency and morality.”

It proposes three modes of execution: hanging, firing squad, or lethal injection.

Crimes that will be covered are the same crimes that were covered by the previous law on the death penalty, Republic Act 7659.

These are:

- treason,
- qualified piracy,
- qualified bribery,
- parricide, murder,
- infanticide,
- rape,
- kidnapping and serious illegal detention,
- robbery with violence against or intimidation of persons,
- destructive arson, and
- plunder.

Illegal drug offenses are also included in the list of crimes punishable by death.

Although it has passed the subcommittee, House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez said the vote at the Lower House on the controversial measure has been moved to next year.