The Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas cried foul over the plan to revive capital punishment in the country and said that the government should instead focus on curbing the pandemic and ending corruption.

Bills proposing the reimposition of the death penalty on drug-related crimes are moving in Congress after President Rodrigo Duterte mentioned it in his State of the Nation Address last July 27.

“We urge you to remove the blinders that prevent you from seeing that death penalty is an offense against the inviolability of life and the dignity of the human person,” the Sanggunian said in a statement.

The reimposition of death penalty will only “single out” those who do not have means to defend themselves in court, the group said.

 

The group also said that by bringing back death penalty, the country would be placed in a “bad light” and would lose the “respect” of the international community.

According to death penalty opponents, international law prohibits the Philippines from withdrawing from the United Nations Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil Political Rights, which aimed to abolish the death penalty. Ma. Veracel A. Martinez