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Euro parliament cheers Duterte for abandoning death penalty, reforms in Juvenile Law

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The European Parliament praised President Rodrigo Duterte for abandoning the bills calling for the restoration of death penalty and lowering of age of criminal responsibility from 15 to nine years old.

Soraya Post, who chairs the subcommittee on human rights of the European Parliament, for these anti-human rights legislative actions.

Post said the Parliament was also heartened that Duterte ordered the relief of police officers who were allegedly involved in killing suspected drug offenders.

The office of Sen. Leila de Lima relayed these developments to Post.

De Lima is currently detained following the issuance of an arrest warrant against her by a Muntinlupa regional trial court (RTC) judge last Feb. over her alleged drug links.

Post, last July 19, led a fact-finding mission to the Philippines to look at the situation of De Lima inside her detention facility in the Philippine National Police’ (PNP) Custodial Center in Camp Crame.

During the said visit, they also met with Pimentel, Sen. Risa Hontiveros, Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas, Trade Sec. Ramon Lopez, Labor Sec. Silvestre Bello and Foreign Affairs Sec. Alan Peter Cayetano.