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Death Penalty in the Philippines

The incumbent President of the Philippines favors the reimposition of death penalty, also called capital punishment, for certain criminal cases. The lower house of Congress — the House of Representatives — has started the legislative process to enact a law reimposing the death penalty (see House Bill No. 1, proposaing a Death Penalty Law). The debate between those who support the death penalty (“reimpositionists”) and those who oppose it (“abolitionists”) is gaining momentum. With this development, it might be helpful to revisit the history and nature of death penalty in the Philippines. [Feel free to join the discussion, present the pros and cons of the pending bill, through the comment section below.] Continue reading

Discuss: Death Penalty Law (House Bill No. 1; Full Text)

[House Bill No. 1 seeks to reimpose the death penalty in the Philippines. As noted in the bill’s explanatory note, the “imposition of the death penalty for heinous crimes and the ode of its implementation, both subjects of repealed laws, are crucial components of an effective dispensation of both reformative and retributive justice.” To aid in the productive discussion of the subject matter, the complete text is reproduced in this post. Discuss using the comment section below.] Continue reading

Discuss: Minimum Age of Criminal Responsibility Act (House Bill No. 2; Full Text)

[House Bill No. 2 seeks to amend Republic Act No. 9344, as amended by Republic Act No. 10630, and reverting the minimum age of criminal responsibility from fifteen (15) years old to nine (9) years old. It was filed at the House of Representatives (First Regular Session, 17th Congress); introduced by Cadiz Representative Fredenil H. Castro and co-sponsored by Davao del Norte Representative Pantaleon D. Alvarez. To aid in the productive discussion of the subject matter, the complete text is reproduced in this post. Discuss using the comment section below.] Continue reading

Helping Dugo-Dugo Gang with the Kasambahay Law

The first time I read the full text of the “Domestic Workers Act” or “Batas Kasambahay” (Republic Act No. 10361, see full text; see also primer), the very first provision that immediately caught my attention was the reportorial duty of employers. The law provides that all employers register domestic workers under their employment in the Registry of Domestic Workers in the barangay where the employer’s residence is located (see primer). Continue reading

Calls to Reimpose the Death Penalty

There are talks about the re-imposition of the death penalty because of the increased incidence of heinous crimes in the past weeks. No less than the Chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP) mentioned that it might help in deterring crimes. Continue reading

Republic Act No. 7659: Imposing the Death Penalty on Certain Heinous Crimes (Full Text)

REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES
CONGRESS OF THE PHILIPPINES
Metro Manila

REPUBLIC ACT NO. 7659

AN ACT TO IMPOSE THE DEATH PENALTY ON CERTAIN HEINOUS CRIMES, AMENDING FOR THAT PURPOSE THE REVISED PENAL LAWS, AS AMENDED, OTHER SPECIAL PENAL LAWS, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES

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