Manila, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – Philippine lawmakers headed by Senator Tito Sotto III are seeking to revive the death penalty, following an alarming increase of heinous crimes in the country.
Previously, Republic Act 7659 provided for the imposition of capital punishment for certain serious crimes like murder, treason, kidnapping and rape. The death penalty was abolished in 2006 by Congress with the approval of then President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.
So, what made the lawmakers change their minds?
The lawmakers saw a video on ONN, reporting that the U.S. State of Ohio has instituted a new way of executing death row inmates, replacing the often controversial lethal injection. Ohio now uses a high-tech, robotic beheader that is considered more humane, comfortable, smooth, hygienic and quick.
In his proposed bill, Sotto said that the death penalty will be restored only on the condition that the Philippine government purchase several of the robotic beheaders from Ohio.
Here is the video report from ONN: