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Church and rights groups condemns Duterte’s plan to execute 4-5 criminals a day

The Catholic Church and human rights groups have condemned Presidet Rodrigo Duterte's plan to reinstate death penalty and to execute five or six criminals daily, The Manila Times Online reported on Tuesday.

Father Jerome Secillano, executive secretary at the public affairs office of the Catholic Bishop Conference of the Philippines, said the Philippines would be viewed as very barbaric. It is going to make the Philippines the capital of death penalty in the world, he added.

Secillano said bishops planned to dissuade lawmakers from voting for the death penalty and would attend congressional debates next month.

The death penalty is a short cut. The government does not want to go through any process to fix the penal system, said the priest.

Duterte has eyed reviving death penalty his top legislative priority as part of his brutal war on crime. There was death penalty before but nothing happened. Return that to me and I would do it every day; five or six (criminals). That is for real, he said on Saturday.

While his aides dismiss his incendiary remarks as hyperbole, rights advocates said Duterte's remarks were alarming.

Setting a quarter of executions is just too much, One death is too much because we are talking about lives, said Amnesty Internatioinal Philippines vice chairman Romeo Cabarde.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

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