Congress can propose law restoring death penalty – Dean Diokno

MANILA — De La Salle University (DLSU) College of Law Dean Jose Manuel “Chel” Diokno said Friday the 17th Congress can propose a law restoring the death penalty for heinous crimes in the Philippines.

During the “Uncovering the Court: Media Training on Monitoring the Judiciary” held at the DLSU in Manila, Diokno said the death penalty in the country’s criminal justice system was repealed in 2006.

He noted that the Philippines signed the Second Optional Protocol of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) in 2006 and ratified it in 2007 without reservation.

The Second Optional Protocol to the ICCPR aims to abolish the death penalty.

It is “the only international treaty of worldwide scope to prohibit executions and to provide for total abolition of the death penalty,” Diokno said.

He further said that States that ratify the Second Optional Protocol to the ICCPR “are required to renounce the use of the death penalty definitively.” PNA/