Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go on Saturday reiterated his support to President Rodrigo Duterte’s renewed call for the return of the death penalty by lethal injection for crimes under the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

Go manifested his support in response to a privilege speech by Sen. Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa, the chair of the Senate Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs.

Sen. dela Rosa urged his colleagues in the Senate to deliberate on the issue of the death penalty which he claimed contributed to the substantial decline in the country’s crime rate from 1993 to 2005.

Dela Rosa filed Senate Bill No. 226 in July 2019 which seeks to impose the death penalty on individuals involved in the importation and manufacture of dangerous drugs.

“Last year, I filed SBN 207, seeking to amend Republic Act 9346, which abolished the death penalty as punishment in the Philippines,” said Go.

Go has filed SBN 207 which cites RA 7659 or the Death Penalty Law as proof of the people’s intent to treat dangerous drugs as a heinous crime.

The proposed measure also revives RA 8177 which designates death by lethal injection as the method for carrying out capital punishment.