State of the Nation Address 2020 (SONA) and Reintroduction of the Death Penalty

9. November 2020 | Human Rights News, Internal Affairs

In the 5th SONA on July 27, 2020, President Duterte announced the reintroduction of the death penalty by lethal injection in connection with drug-related offences. Since August 5, 2020, the issue has thus been back on the House of Representatives’ agenda. The reintroduction of the death penalty would be a breach of the Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) to which the Philippines is a signatory

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