'Only 7 executed' after death penalty reimposed in 1998 - DOJ

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Posted at Feb 07 2017 12:06 PM | Updated as of Aug 04 2017 05:42 PM

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The death penalty was not given an opportunity to be enforced properly after only 7 executions were carried out after capital punishment was reimposed in 1998, the Department of Justice said Tuesday.

Speaking before the Senate, Senior Deputy State Prosecutor Richard Anthony Fadullon reiterated the justice department's support for the restoration of death penalty for heinous crimes.

"We would like to reiterate the support for the proposed bills for the restoration of death penalty for heinous crimes and that this department has not interposed any Constitutional or legal objections thereto," he said.

"It was not given an opportunity to be actually enforced properly, it was not given an opportunity to see whether the effects would be one of deterrence or not," he added.

Fadullon rejected arguments that the death penalty is not a deterrent to heinous crimes and denies due process for suspected criminals. Court trials for heinous crimes, he said, guarantee rights of the accused and go through many levels of appeal.

He added that "only 7" executions occurred after death penalty was reimposed in the country in 1998.

The Senate committee on justice is deliberating on 6 bills seeking capital punishment. Three bills were filed by Senator Manny Pacquiao, while the 3 others were filed separately by Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III, Senator Panfilo Lacson and Senator Sherwin Gatchalian.

Watch a live streaming of the hearing here

ABS-CBN News Channel, 7 February 2017