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Senator Bong Go on Thursday said he remains firm in his commitment to push for the reinstatement of the death penalty and the designation of plunder and drug-related offenses as capital offenses.

“One year and seven months nalang ang natitira kay Pangulong [Rodrigo] Duterte. Hopefully, maipasa ito,” the senator said during an interview in Lobo, Batangas on Thursday, November 5,

“Ako naman, mayroon pa akong four years (as Senator). Hindi ako titigil na isulong ito. Isa ito sa nakikita kong paraan para mabawasan, if not totally eliminate, criminality,” Go said.

“Na-file ko itong restoration ng death penalty [para] sa heinous crimes at sa crimes involving illegal drugs. Kasali rin po ang plunder sa heinous crimes. Kapag pumasa, mas mabuti. Dapat walang masayang ni piso sa pera ng gobyerno. Pera ng tao ‘yan, dapat ibalik sa kanila ang pera nila. ” he added.

The senator filed Senate Bill 207 in July 2019, which seeks to reinstate capital punishment for illegal drugs and plunder.

Plunder, or the illegal acquisition of wealth with an aggregate amount of at least P50 million, will be punishable by death.

Drug-related crimes will also be subject to capital punishment. These specifically refer to the importation, distribution and possession of dangerous drugs or essential chemicals; the maintenance of dens for related activities; the cultivation of illicit narcotic plants; the unlawful prescription of dangerous drugs; the misapplication of confiscated drugs by public officers; and the planting of evidence.

During the interview, Go said the Duterte administration’s campaign against corruption, illegal drugs and crime “improved the peace and order situation in the country and allowed communities and businesses to flourish.”

“I commend the people of the Republic of the Philippines sa kanilang kooperasyon sa gobyerno,” he said.

“Maaaring mas disiplinado na ang ating mga kababayan ngayon. Gaya ng sinabi ko, ang mga kriminal na ang dapat na matakot sa panahong ito. Hindi na sila pwedeng maghari sa daan dahil talagang mayayari na sila,” Go said.

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