Senators refile death penalty bill

SENATOR Ronald dela Rosa (right) and other senators have refiled bills seeking to impose death penalty on heinous crimes.The former PNP chief is with then Mayor Sara Duterte and former Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr., who are now top oifficials of the land.

By Jeanne Michael Penaranda
PASAY CITY – A senator has re-filed his bill seeking to impose the death penalty on big-time drug traffickers and plunderers while at least three others said they would file their versions.
Senator Ronald dela Rosa, a former chief of the Philippine National Police, limited his version only to high-level drug traffickers so it would not be considered anti-poor.
Senators Jinggoy Estrada and Robin Padilla have similarly expressed their commitment to support the reinstatement of the death penalty.

Senator Christopher “Bong” Go expressed his willingness to re-file a measure reinstating the death penalty for certain heinous crimes.

“There’s no high-level drug trafficker who can be considered as small-time. Hindi po kasama dito ‘yung mga (Not included here are the) ordinary street drug pushers. Only big-time drug traffickers,” dela Rosa said.

Although he expects a discussion on the quantity of illegal drugs that may be considered “high-level”, he said one kilogram could already be classified as such.

In the 18th Congress, none of the 11 death penalty bills filed by nine senators were acted upon after being referred to the Committee on Justice and Human Rights, chaired by former senator Richard Gordon.

“It was never given attention. Not even one hearing was conducted by the said committee. For this 19th Congress, I am optimistic that it will gain traction,” dela Rosa said.

Given the chance, he said he is determined to convince President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. to certify the bill as urgent.

Presumptive Senate President Juan Miguel Zubiri said, however, that the death penalty is not a priority of the Marcos administration.