20 Crimes Punishable by Death in the Philippines, Finally!


The House Justice committee approved the bill restoring the ‘death penalty’ bill in the Philippines.



Restoring the death penalty for heinous crimes like illegal drug selling was one of the campaign promises of President Rodrigo Duterte.


These are the crimes punishable by death in the death penalty bill.

1. Piracy in general and mutiny on the high seas or in Philippine waters


2. Qualified piracy



3. Qualified bribery



4. Parricide



5. Murder



6. Infanticide



7. Rape



8. Kidnapping and serious illegal detention



9. Robbery with violence against or intimidation of persons



10. Destructive arson



11. Plunder



12. Importation of dangerous drugs and/or controlled precursors and essential chemicals.
Sale, trading, administration, dispensation, delivery, distribution and transportation of dangerous drugs and/or controlled precursor and essential chemicals.



13. Maintenance of a den, dive or resort where any dangerous drug is used or sold in any form



14. Manufacture of dangerous drugs and/or controlled precursors and essential chemicals



15. Possession of dangerous drugs



16. Cultivation or culture of plants classified as dangerous drugs or are sources thereof



17. Unlawful prescription of dangerous drugs



18. Criminal liability of a public officer or employee for misappropriation, misapplication or failure to account for the confiscated, seized and/or surrendered dangerous drugs, plant sources of dangerous drugs, controlled precursors and essential chemicals, instruments/ paraphernalia and/or laboratory equipment including the proceeds or properties obtained from the unlawful act committed.



19. Criminal liability for planting evidence



20. Carnapping



According to Majority Leader Rodolfo Farinas, the death penalty bill is better than extrajudicial killings because people who alleged violated the law would be given a chance to defend his case.

“What do we want EJK (extra judicial killing) or JK (judicial killing)? At least ‘yung judicial killing may (the judicial killing goes through) due process,” Farinas said.

According to House committee, the bill was determined to pass it before Christmas, despite of the Roman Catholic Church, who opposed the bill.


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