Hanging as the method of capital punishment would be cheaper, President Rodrigo Duterte said in jest.

Death by hanging cheaper – Duterte: ‘Ayaw ko mag sayang ng bala’

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By Prince Golez

Hanging as the method of capital punishment would be cheaper, President Rodrigo Duterte said in jest.

“Ayaw ko mag sayang ng bala. Mahal ang bala ng M16, siguro mga P70 yan. So, sabi ko yung lubid na lang ang gawa ng La Union kasi talagang… Ano ba ang ginagamit niyo dito,” said Duterte on Thursday.

In a speech delivered in Ilocos Sur, the Chief Executive made another push for the return of death penalty for drugs crimes and plunder in the Philippines.

“(Senator Bong Go) wants the death penalty for plunder. I am for it. Kung wala kang plunder, threshold is P50 million. He wants me to announce here, wala namang plunderer dito. Ang pinaka, mind you, ang pinaka plunderer, as I have said during my campaign, yung mga mayaman na may connections, billion yung kanila,” according to him.

“I am for it. If you are not a plunderer, if you do not have the money in the bank, why should you be afraid. P50 (million) tama yan, plunder,” he said.

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DOJ mulls letting EKJ task force handle probe on ‘bloody Sunday’ deaths

The Department of Justice (DOJ) will hopefully decide this week whether or not to have have the Administrative Order (AO) 35 inter-agency task force on extra-judicial killings investigate the deaths of nine activists who killed during the so-called “bloody Sunday” operations conducted by the police and the military, DOJ Undersecretary Adrian Sugay said on Tuesday (March 9).

“Sa ngayon po ang direktiba ni secretary ay kami muna ay gagawa muna ng initial determination ,” Sugay said during the Laging Handa briefing.

“In fact nag-umpisa na ho ang aming investigation and maybe yung aming preliminary findings siguro within the week or maybe even in the next two or next 24 to 28 hours lalabas yung aming initial findings diyan,” he added.

He explained the initial findings will determine “kung kailangan pa po na magbuo ng special investigation teams under the AO 35 mechanism composed of prosecutors, members of law enforcement agencies para talagang mas masusi po at mas malalim na tingnan kung ano po ang nangyari dito sa siyam.”

“Yung AO 35 mechanism may limitasyon yung kanyang scope,” he pointed out.

“So kailangan talaga extra-judicial killings, particularly, involving persons who are members of cause oriented groups or those who are engaged in legitimate dissent or opposition,” he added.

Joint police and military operations were conducted in implementing search warrants last Sunday (March 7) against persons with alleged links to communist rebels in Cavite, Laguna, Rizal and Batangas.

The operations led to the deaths nine persons and the arrest of six others.

A number of groups claim that those killed were unarmed civilians.

Ping lauds former OPARR undersecretary for TOYM award

Sen. Panfilo Lacson lauded on Tuesday his former undersecretary at the Office of the Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery (OPARR) for being named one of the Ten Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) for 2020.

Lacson, who served as PARR from 2013 to 2015, cited lawyer Lesley Cordero for her help in putting together a comprehensive rehabilitation plan for those affected by Super Typhoon Yolanda.

“Without Undersecretary Cordero being seconded to the OPARR, I could not imagine how we could put together an eight-volume, 8,000-page comprehensive rehabilitation and recovery plan in record time of under eight months,” Lacson said as the Senate honored Cordero and other TOYM 2020 awardees.

“Nakatayo ako sa bulwagang ito, mahal na pangulo, upang pasalamatan at pahalagahan si Atty. Cordero, sampu ng kanyang mga kasama sa TOYM of 2020,” he added.

He added the OPARR had been operating without funds and its staff did not receive salaries in the first four months.

Yolanda, considered the strongest tropical cyclone in history, damaged 171 cities and municipalities in 14 provinces of the five regions of the country.

It left more than 6,000 people dead and affected at least 11 million.

“Walang pondo, walang sweldo sa loob ng apat na buwan, wala kaming reklamong nagtrabaho upang mapagaan ang buhay at kalagayan ng ating mga kababayan na matinding pinahirapan ng bagyong Yolanda,” Lacson recalled.



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