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Adpan urges Philippines not to bring back death penalty

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The Anti Death Penalty Asia Network (Adpan) is shocked by recent reports that Rodrigo Duterte said that he plans to not just re-impose the death penalty in Philippines, but also carry out “double the hanging”.

The death penalty has been suspended since 2006, and Philippines is now considered an abolitionist country.

A media report stated:

Mr. Duterte said he would ask Congress to reimpose the death penalty, which has been suspended since 2006 in the face of staunch opposition from the dominant Roman Catholic Church. Capital punishment by hanging, he said, should be imposed for heinous crimes, and criminals convicted of killing, robbery and rape should receive “double the hanging.”…“After the first hanging, there will be another ceremony for the second time until the head is completely severed from the body,” he said. (The New York Times, 16 May 2016 – which credited The Associated Press).

Adpan considers the proposal of a “double the hanging”, where a person already executed will be hanged again until the head is severed from the body, as most atrocious, inhumane and a gross violation of human rights.

Adpan urges Duterte to abort his plans to try and bring back the death penalty, and urges the Philippines to  maintain its position as being for the abolition of the death penalty.

Charles Hector, for an on behalf of Adpan.

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