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Pres. Duterte wants death penalty but decision is up to congress


President Rodrigo Duterte wants to restore the capital punishment in the Philippines but his plan would only be possible once he gets the support of lawmakers, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a virtual Palace press briefing on Tuesday.


According to Harry Roque that the President’s stand is clear. He favors death penalty, especially for wide-scale drug trafficking. But that is still up to the lawmakers.


Public outcry for the reimposition of death penalty was revived after seeing the video of a shooting incident in Tarlac involving a police officer went viral on social media.


In the viral video, Police Senior M/Sgt. Jonel Nuezca shot dead Sonya Gregorio, 52, and her son Frank Anthony, 25, following a heated argument in Paniqui, Tarlac on Sunday.


Nuezca already surrendered and is now facing double murder charges, a non-bailable offense.

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