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Senators ready to start debate on death penalty

Senators yesterday said they are ready to start the debates on the proposal of presumptive president Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte’s to reinstate the death penalty especially for high profile drug lords and criminals.

Senator Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara said he is willing and ready to listen to committee level discussions on the proposal, which he expects to be one of the top agenda of the incoming 17th Congress.

“We are willing to listen to the debate on both sides but what is crucial really is we improve law enforcement capabilities and improve our justice system),” Angara said in a text message.

Re-elected Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson said he is fully supportive of the revival of the death penalty especially for big-time criminals.

Lacson, however, said he rejects public executions for these hardened criminals since that would be socially unacceptable.

“I’m fully supportive of the revival of the death penalty especially for big time drug lords and heinous crime offenders, but not in the manner being suggested such as by hanging,” Lacson said in a text message.

“Aside from being inhuman, I don’t want out people, much less our children to witness medieval age-like executions even of the most notorious criminals,” he also said.

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