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Duterte Wants the Death Penalty Back

President Rodrigo Duterte is taking his brutal campaign against drugs from the streets to the halls of Congress.

He had said he would be “happy to slaughter” drug addicts, and since he took office in June, some 7,000 people have been killed in drug-related operations, according to the Philippine National Police. Now he proposes to reinstate the death penalty, which was abolished here in 2006.

A new bill, up for discussion in the House of Representatives this week, proposes to restore capital punishment for 21 so-called heinous crimes. Those include treason, some forms of murder and rape, and violent car thefts — as well as nine drug offenses.…  Seguir leyendo »