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In Defense of the Right to Life: International Law and Death Penalty in the Philippines

A study by the Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines and Dr. Christopher Ward, SC, Australian Bar, Adjunct Professor, Australian National University

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Statement of Commissioner Karen Gomez-Dumpit on the United Nations General Assembly Resolution on Moratorium on the Use of the Death Penalty
Commission on Human Rights | http://chr.gov.ph/statement-of-commissioner-karen-gomez-dumpit-on-the-united-nations-general-assembly-resolution-on-moratorium-on-the-use-of-the-death-penalty/, December 17, 2020
Commissioner Karen Gomez-Dumpit delivered before the Committee on Justice House of Representatives
Commission on Human Rights | https://www.facebook.com/chrgovph/photos/a.784575471659000/2909617312488128/, September 24, 2020
Comm. Karen S. Gomez-Dumpit Message
Comm. Karen S. Gomez-Dumpit Message | https://www.facebook.com/chrgovph/photos/a.784575471659000/2912774812172378/, June 25, 2020
Statement of Commissioner Karen S. Gomez Dumpit on the 17th World Day against Death Penalty
Commission on Human Rights | http://chr.gov.ph/statement-of-commissioner-karen-s-gomez-dumpit-on-the-17th-world-day-against-death-penalty/, October 10, 2019
CHR OK Card: Locsin opposes death penalty, says it wont work
Commission on Human Rights | https://www.facebook.com/chrgovph/photos/a.784575471659000/2213319572117909/, July 24, 2019
Statement of CHR spokesperson, Atty. Jacqueline Ann de Guia, on remarks advocating the reintroduction of death penalty by rope
Commission on Human Rights | https://chr.gov.ph/statement-of-chr-spokesperson-atty-jacqueline-ann-de-guia-on-remarks-advocating-the-reintroduction-of-death-penalty-by-rope/, July 24, 2019
Statement of CHR spokesperson, Atty Jacqueline Ann de Guia, on proposals to restore death penalty in the country
Commission on Human Rights | http://chr.gov.ph/statement-of-chr-spokesperson-atty-jacqueline-ann-de-guia-on-proposals-to-restore-death-penalty-in-the-country/, June 28, 2019
Statement of CHR Commissioner Karen S. Gomez-Dumpit on the Possible Restoration of the Death Penalty
Commission on Human Rights | https://www.facebook.com/notes/commission-on-human-rights-of-the-philippines/statement-of-chr-commissioner-karen-gomez-dumpit-on-the-possible-restoration-of-/2101862306596, May 19, 2019
Statement of CHR Spokesperson, Atty Jacqueline Ann de Guia, on Senator Manny Pacquiao’s remarks supporting death penalty through the Bible (2018)
Commission on Human Rights Statement link | https://www.facebook.com/chrgovph/photos/a.892066110909935/1713839952065876/, August 09, 2018
CHR Reiterates Stance on Death Penalty at End Crime, Not Life Public Forum (2017)
Commission on Human Rights | https://www.facebook.com/chrgovph/photos/a.784575471659000/1341041602679048/, August 17, 2017
CHR Remains Firm Against the Reimposition of the Death Penalty
Commission on Human Rights, March 07, 2017
Commission on Human Rights on the Death Penalty (2017)
Commission on Human Rights | https://www.facebook.com/chrgovph/photos/a.784575471659000/1158481100935100/, February 07, 2017
Advisory on the Reimposition of the Death Penalty - CHR (V) A2016-002
Commission on Human Rights, November 07, 2016

, January 01, 1970

CHR Statements

CHR Statement on the Passing of House Bill No. 4727 (Reimposition of the Death Penalty) on Second Reading

March 02, 2017, Commission on Human Rights

02 March 2017
PRESS STATEMENT

 

CHR Statement on the Passing of House Bill No. 4727 (Reimposition of the Death Penalty) on Second Reading

 

The Commission on Human Rights is alarmed with the surprising speed of the passing on second reading by the House of Representatives (HOR) of House Bill (HB) No. 4727, which seeks to reimpose the death penalty in the Philippines.

The Commission and the country as a whole bore witness to the pace of debates in the House of Representatives yesterday that closed the period of individual amendments and approved on second reading in haste of HB4727, in an unusual deviation from House rules and in a manner not befitting a transparent and human rights-based approach to legislation.

First, members of the HOR overwhelmingly voted in favor of a motion for an omnibus rejection of any proposed amendments that seek to change the nature of the bill. While the Commission recognizes the independence of the HOR, it notes that the latter’s regular processes have been suspended to the effect that individual HOR members were prevented from voicing out their concerns about HB4727. The voices of the HOR minority are thus stifled, and the independence of the HOR as a whole is now sadly suspect.

Secondly, the manner of voting throughout the process, i.e., viva voce, prevented the public from knowing the respective stands of their Representatives, and the actual count of the votes during the process itself. The traditional practice of nominal voting with HOR members explaining their votes was done away with in haste, sacrificing congressional transparency.

Lastly, the Commission notes that the HOR seriously disregarded the arguments against the very validity of the proposed legislation vis-à-vis the Constitution and international human rights law. We reiterate our objections to the passage of HB4727 and call on the entire Congress to seriously study and consider the bill’s implications on the country’s international human rights treaty obligations, as well as the bill’s unconstitutionality.

Mabuhay ang Pilipinas! Mabuhay ang Karapatang Pantao! No to the death penalty!


 

Source: http://chr.gov.ph/chr-statement-on-the-passing-of-house-bill-no-4727-reimposition-of-the-death-penalty-on-second-reading/



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