- The Department of Foreign Affairs cited that at least 48 Filipinos are on death row in Malaysia
- However, Rep. Lito Atienza appealed and asked the Malaysian government to downgrade the punishment
- Atienza believes that the death penalty is “cruel” and “inhuman”
Buhay party-list Rep. Lito Atienza urged the Malaysian government to spare the lives of 48 overseas Filipino workers on death row. KAMI learned that the Filipinos are facing the death penalty for allegedly committing 11 offenses under Malaysian laws.
In a report by the Philippine Star (author Delon Porcalla), Malaysia usually does the death penalty by hanging. However, Atienza asks the Malaysian government to lower the punishment to imprisonment instead.
“In light of Malaysia’s decision to scrap the mandatory death sentence for several offenses, we are appealing for the lives of Filipinos on death row to be spared,” Atienza said.
“The commutation of death sentence does not mean that the convicts are not getting punished. They are still getting penalized with harsh prison terms. The death penalty is cruel and inhuman punishment that flouts the right to life,” he added.
According to a report by the Manila Bulletin (author Ben Rosario), Atienza said that the Department of Foreign Affairs confirmed that there are at least 48 Filipinos on death row.
In Malaysia, crimes such as terrorist acts, murder, rape resulting in murder, gang-robbery with murder, drug trafficking, kidnapping to murder, and hostage-taking resulting in death are all punished by the death penalty.
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