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Minority Leader Abante backs ‘less cruel’ form of death penalty

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By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN

House Minority Floor Leader Bienvenido “Benny” Abante said he supports President Rodrigo Duterte over the re-imposition of death penalty in the country.

Abante, a pastor of the Metropolitan Bible Baptist Church and Ministries, said he in favor of the restoration of the capital punishment for as long the mode of execution is less cruel than the conventional methods.

“I will support the reimposition of the death penalty but I’ll oppose any method that is cruel, inhuman and degrading,” said Abante.

The House of Representatives in March 2017 has approved the restoration of the penalty on final reading under House Bill No. 4727. But the bill’s Senate version failed to prosper in the Upper House due to several resistances from members of the opposition bloc.

Duterte during his fourth State of the Nation Address (SONA) last Monday asked Congress to reinstate death penalty for “heinous crimes related to illegal drugs and plunder.”

According to Abante, the Minority bloc “might be divided in the issue of the death penalty but we are one and united to oppose all kinds cruelty, inhuman and degrading ways of implementing it.”

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