Death penalty, the primary push of the first bill filed in the seventeenth Congress under the Duterte's administration.
President Rodrigo Duterte's pick to be the next speaker, Davao del Norte Rep. Pantaleon "Bebot" Alvarez, has filed a bill looking to reestablish death penalty as punishment for heinous crimes through lethal injection.
In House Bill 1 he created with Capiz Rep. Fredenil Castro, Alvarez said there is a need to reimpose death penalty on the grounds that "the national crime rate has developed to such disturbing extents requiring a full scale fight against all types of unlawful acts."
"Philippine society is left with no other choice however to manage certain appalling guilty parties in a way equivalent to the gravity, perversity, atrociousness and offensiveness of their violations," as indicated by the bill.
Lethal injection according to the bill should be adopted as the method to carry out the capital punishment.
In the explanatory note, the authors said there is a need to reimpose death penalty because of the prevalence of heinous crimes and illegal drugs.
"There is no denying the scourge illegal drugs have foisted upon our general public, nor is there denying the boldness with which criminals, whether impaired or something else, have propagated the most unreasonable and appalling wrongdoings in the most hostile of behavior," the creators of the bill said.
“The imposition of the death penalty for heinous crimes and the mode of its implementation, both subjects of repealed laws, are crucial components of an effective dispensation of both reformative and retributive justice,” the authors said.
Among the hideous crimes punishable with death under the proposed measure are plunder, murder, use of illegal drugs, carnapping, among others.