Death penalty for high drug traffickers ‘possible’ to be passed in new Senate

Death penalty for high drug traffickers ‘possible’ to be passed in new Senate

- Senate President Tito Sotto said that it is possible that death penalty could be passed in the new Senate

- However, he said that it could be for high drug traffickers only

- Most of the incoming senators are in favor of bringing back the capital punishment

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Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III said that the passage of death penalty could “possibly” happen in the new Senate. However, KAMI learned that it could be a punishment for one case only.

“It’s a possibility now because nadagdag nga ‘yung pro-death penalty,” he said in a press briefing, as reported by the Inquirer (author Maila Ager).

“Pero sino bomoto sa kanila? ‘Yung mga tao. ‘Di ba alam nila ‘yung mga pro-death at hindi?” Sotto added.

The Senate President said that there is also a possibility that all 13 senators could vote in favor of reclusion perpetua for drug traffickers only.

“In the new Senate, there’s a possibility of 13, ‘no? For high drug trafficking alone,” he said.

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As reported by the CNN Philippines (author Xave Gregorio), reelectionist senators Cynthia Villar, Sonny Angara, and Koko Pimental are in favor of the capital punishment.

Meanwhile, former senators Pia Cayetano, Bong Revilla, and Lito Lapid also expressed their support of the death penalty.

Former PNP chief Bato dela Rosa who is poised to become a senator already said during his campaign that the first thing he would work on in the Senate was to bring back the death penalty.

KAMI reported before that Sotto also said during the press briefing that he believed that the elections are “credible” and those who think otherwise should present their evidence.

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