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Amnesty lambasts death penalty plan
Congressmen propose execution for foreign drug traffickers
- ucanews.com reporter, Manila
- November 7, 2012
The Philippines abolished the death penalty in 2006 and President Benigno Aquino has rejected recent calls for its return.
However, Cagayan de Oro Representative Rufus Rodriguez and his brother Maximo Rodriguez Jr. have co-authoredÂ a House bill seeking to amend the countryâ€™s Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act.
The proposed law would involve convicted foreign drug traffickers being executed if their home countries alsoÂ implemented the death penalty for the same crime.
â€śIf the violator of any of the provisions of this act is an alien, the penalty to be imposed shall be the penalty prescribed by their national law,â€ť the draft bill states.
Rufus Rodriguez has cited the cases of Filipinos executed abroad, such as in China, as the reason for doing the same to foreigners in the Philippines, invoking â€śthe rule of equity and reciprocity.â€ť
Amnesty International said there is no justification in imposing the death penalty no matter what the crime and by whom.
â€śWe have all worked hard to abolish the death penalty in the Philippines and Amnesty International is stillÂ campaigning to protect everyone around the world from state sanctioned killings,â€ť Amnestyâ€™s Philippines Director Aurora A. Parong said today.
â€śWorking for 'equity and reciprocity' with regard to death penalty should not mean that we should execute foreigners just because Filipinos are being punished by the death penalty abroad,â€™â€™ Parong said.
â€śWhen we abolished the death penalty in the Philippines we directed the Philippine state to respect the right to life of everyone, not just Filipinos," she said.
The rights group said it is ready to lead massive public protest actions against the bill if it remains in Congress.
Pope supports death penalty opponents
Rights groups call for end to executions