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December 19, 2016

Philippine Prez Duterte talking up conducting thousands of executions yearly if death penalty restored

In prior posts here and here, I noted the eagerness of the Philippines new Prez to rachet up a "war on drugs" to almost unheard-of new levels.   This article from ABS-CBN News, headlined "Duterte threatens up to 6 executions daily if death penalty is restored," highlights the latest dimension of this story:

President Rodrigo Duterte has issued a grim warning, saying he will carry out daily executions of criminals once the death penalty is restored. 

"Ibalik mo sa akin 'yan...araw-arawin ko yan. Lima, anim," he said during Senator Manny Pacquiao's 38th birthday celebration in General Santos on Saturday. (Give it back to me, and I will perform daily executions. Five, six.)  "You destroy my country, I destroy you," he added.

The president believes capital punishment failed to deter crime in the past only because only few executions were carried out.

Death penalty in the country was abolished under the 1987 Constitution -- the first Asian country to do so -- but was reinstated under President Fidel V. Ramos in 1993 in response to increasing crime rates. It was again abolished under President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in 2006, reducing the harshest penalties to life imprisonment and reclusion perpetua.

Even before being elected in the 2016 polls, Duterte has been pushing for the revival of death penalty, saying it would serve as retribution for those who committed heinous crimes.

In a meeting after it was clear he won the elections, Duterte told some lawmakers he favors hanging over lethal injection as means of execution.

A bill seeking to reinstate the death penalty has recently been approved at the sub-committee level in the House of Representatives, and a principal author is optimistic on an "overwhelming" support from his colleagues. Pacquiao, who had filed Senate Bill 185 proposing that death penalty be reimposed and the penalties be increased for heinous crimes involving dangerous drugs in October, is positive that fellow senators would back the bill.

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December 19, 2016 at 02:11 PM | Permalink


Unless you see some equivalence between the Philippines and the US, I fail to see what value or interest this information would have for readers of this blog ...... save to illustrate the dangerously fanatical leadership in that has come to power there. In August the Economist described him thus:
"Mr Duterte, meanwhile, was all personality. A tough-talking hard man, he never ceased to make it clear that he was unafraid to kill whoever needed killing—he was going to dump the bodies of 100,000 criminals in Manila Bay—legal niceties go hang. He joked about his disappointment that he had not been first in line to sexually assault an Australian missionary who had been raped and murdered during a prison riot in 1989—and then he dared America and Australia to sever ties after their governments expressed disapproval of his repulsive braggadocio."
A very nice man. Come to think of it, it does remind me of someone ....

Posted by: peter | Dec 19, 2016 3:39:22 PM

Why don't you move there, Doc - and let us know how practically effective it is, since nothing else matters to you.

Posted by: anon | Dec 19, 2016 5:21:58 PM

Peter and Anon have taken sides, with the criminal, and not with the crime victim. Why would anyone do that? To generate government make work jobs. End crime, and hundreds of thousands of government dependent employees are out of work. Their piety is a very thin mask for rent seeking. In the rent, one collects taxes at the point of a gun. One transfers them to tax sucking parasites. They then return nothing of value. That is the current business plan of the lawyer profession, totally in charge of the criminal law, and allowing 20 million crimes a year.

My American Filipino friends love Duterte. He has transformed all aspects of the nation for the better, starting with arrival at the airport.

I invite both to move to Venezuela, for their own welfare. Venezuela solved its toilet paper shortage. It has a bread shortage.

Posted by: David Behar | Dec 19, 2016 7:45:07 PM

You know what I would call five or six executions a day? A good start.

Posted by: Soronel Haetir | Dec 19, 2016 9:02:07 PM

Duterte and Stalin have alot in common.

Posted by: anon11 | Dec 19, 2016 11:56:50 PM

Stalin executed and starved millions of people for opposing Communism. Duterte is allowing public self help against vicious criminal gangs. Self help is the sole factor that is universal among all low crime jurisdictions around the world. No other factor is true in 100% of cases.

Godwin's Law is a sign of mental laziness.

Posted by: David Behar | Dec 20, 2016 6:48:00 AM

Dealing with the overall issue here, to truly protect the victims, will take a lot more than killing some people. The President's blunderbuss approach is of dubious general help here net.

Posted by: Joe | Dec 20, 2016 2:54:15 PM

Joe. Duterte became mayor of Davao, a high crime city. He made it into a low crime city, and was re-elected mayor for 22 years. The nation liked his act, and he is taking national. I would like to see it go global. The number of people not murdered by criminals has to enter your assessment.

Posted by: David Behar | Dec 21, 2016 8:58:59 PM

"The number of people not murdered by criminals has to enter your assessment."

Long term, the problems involved requires changes that are not best settled by killing people. Short term fixes very well might be popular and various unsavory examples can be cited there. So popularity doesn't get one that far.

Posted by: Joe | Dec 22, 2016 3:43:33 PM

Joe. You must answer for the most powerful, and absolutely universal single factor unifying all low crime jurisdictions. Public self help.

Some are rich or poor. High or low lead levels. Religious or secular. Big government or small government. Aging or young. High or low incarceration rates.

Only one factor is universal, and without exception. Self help.

Posted by: David Behar | Dec 23, 2016 1:26:34 AM

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