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Sotto wants death penalty back

Posted On 2014 Jan 29
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Senator Vicente C. Sotto III (photo courtesy of www.senate.gov.ph)

Senator Vicente C. Sotto III (photo courtesy of www.senate.gov.ph)

MANILA Mabuhay) — Over a year after taking a pro-life stance against the controversial Reproductive Health (RH) Law, Senator Vicente “Tito” Sotto III is pushing for the revival of death penalty in the Philippines.

In Senate Bill 2080, Sotto cited the “influx of heinous crimes… in the country nowadays” and the “indiscriminate and horrendouse brutality happening everywhere” to justify the reinstatement of death penalty.

Sotto said the imposition of life imprisonment was a “non-deterrent against criminality.” His measure is particularly pushing for the revival of death by lethal injection for those found guilty of heinous crimes.

When asked on Tuesday if his proposed law will conflict with his pro-life stance, Sotto texted, “Nope. That’s different. I am pro-life for the unborn and the Filipino family. I am pro-death to heinous criminals.”

“Ang layo, di ba? I’m not pro-life for heinous criminals?” he added.

In 2006, then-President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo approved the commutation to life imprisonment of death row convicts, and eventually signed a law abolishing the death penalty.

Sotto was among the senators who staunchly opposed the RH Law, which was enacted in December 2012.

The implementation of the RH Law, however, was halted by the Supreme Court pending legal questions on the legislation. (MNS)

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