Sen. Go seeks reimposition of death penalty for drug pushing, plunder

Published July 4, 2019, 6:46 PM

by Francine Ciasico

By Mario Casayuran

Pro-administration Senator Christopher Lawrence ‘’Bong’’ Go sought Thursday a revival of the death penalty as punishment for dangerous drugs and plunder crimes.

Christopher "Bong" Go (HNP / MANILA BULLETIN)
Senator Christopher “Bong” Go

This came after Go filed a bill to be known as “An Act reinstating the death penalty for certain heinous crimes involving dangerous drugs and plunder.’’

The bill, according to Go, is aimed at promoting peace and order in the country and support the program of the administration and President Duterte against illegal drugs, criminality and corruption, especially in the government.

Go emphasized how frustrated he and the President are towards the corrupt ways of some politicians in the system.
“Alam mo, frustrated na po si Pangulong Duterte sa nangyayari sa ating bansa, sa [nangyayaring] korapsyon sa gobyerno natin,” he added. “Gusto ko siyang tulungan na matigil po ito up to the last day of his term and of course, beyond.” (President Duterte is so frustrated at how bad things are in the country, particularly corruption in government.)

The bill described corruption as “an equally deplorable evil that has kept the least fortunate of our countrymen from enjoying the steady economic progress we have achieved over the last few years.”

It also stressed how the administration has displayed its strong stance against the public officials and officers caught in the said act by imposing dismissal, prosecution and incarceration.

Go also pushed for the same heavy punishment towards those involved with dangerous or illegal drugs.

While his bill essentially revives the death penalty for all offenses in which it is imposed under the Dangerous Drugs Act, Go reiterated his openness to study and discuss if the specifics, such as the quantity of illegal drugs, need to be amended.

He insisted that he is open to study the specifics of the bill with his fellow senators.

He also said in the interview that he will initiate talks with Senator Ronald dela Rosa, a former Philippine National Police (PMNP) chief, about the illegal drugs issue so that they could work together to address it.

Go said the fight against illegal drugs and corruption have been one of the strongest foundations of President Duterte’s convincing victory in the 2016 national elections. The neophyte senator said he is determined to take further steps to support this and help uplift the lives of the Filipinos.

Go said his bill would surely face a lot of public scrutiny but only wishes that these crimes be stopped.

Go thus asked the public to help support this bill. Despite the roadblocks along the way, Go is optimistic that the reinstatement of death penalty for such heinous crimes would be approved.