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Duterte pushes for revival of death penalty

Citing data from the Bureau of Corrections showing over 3,000 percent increase of people convicted of heinous crimes after the abolition of death penalty in 2006, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is pushing for the reimposition of the capital punishment, The Manila Times Online reported on Saturday.

In his speech during The Manila Times 5th Business Forum held in Davao City on Friday, Duterte insisted that the death penalty is an effective deterrent against crime as proven by the data presented by BuCor at the Senate on Tuesday.

BuCor director Benjamin delos Santos said there were 189 inmates convicted of heinous crimes before the capital punishment was abolished in 2006. After death penalty was revoked, the figure rose to 6,200 inmates, an astonishing 3,280 percent increase of persons convicted of heinous crimes, said Duterte.

House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez also expressed support for the revival of death penalty.

Earlier, he sacked two deputy speakers, including former president Gloria Arroyo, for their opposition to the death penalty.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)