The final curtain for those persons involved in illegal drug trade – be it by 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 precursors and essential chemicals, maintenance of a drug den, dive, or resort, manufacture of dangerous drugs and/or controlled precursors and essential chemicals, cultivation or culture of plants classified as dangerous drugs or are sources thereof, unlawful prescription of dangerous drugs, 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, criminal liability for planting evidence concerning illegal drugs, is being anticipated by the majority block in the 17th Congress as these are deemed heinous acts and is punishable by death.
This is the deterrence to stop the drug menace and other illegal drug related crime in the country as proposed in the re-introduction of death penalty.
The proponents and supporters of House Bill 4727 who had already cleared the second hurdle on Ash Wednesday, sees the light at the end of the tunnel for its eventual passage.
The critics to the proposed bill will also have their final stand inside the plenary hall, for sure to consistently oppose it.
Once passed, the transmittal to the Senate will take its flight for the final enactment.
Whether the senators will approve it or not, the intense public debate has already divided the country looking for answer to the intense arguments, WHY?
The 1987 Constitution has prohibited the death penalty, but majority in the 17th Congress is so engrossed to reinstate it,
Why only drug related cases are to be punished by death and classified as heinous? What about rape, plunder and treason?
The cloud of doubt is simply can not be terminated and public misgiving is on the rise – after rape, plunder and treason were stricken out but zeroed in only on illegal drugs.
Perhaps the lawmakers are trying to save their own skins by removing plunder from the proposed punishment under the House Bill 4727.
Critics of HB 4727 has accused lawmakers of trying to save their own skins by removing plunder from the measure, since several incumbent lawmakers are facing plunder complaints.
Under the Plunder Law, former presidents Joseph E. Estrada and Gloria Macapagal Arroyo were convicted of the crimes of plunder. Estrada was pardoned by his successor – the same fate happened to Arroyo, she was also acquitted by the Supreme Court.
But in the case of the proposed death penalty bill is simply sending a clear message, that they can only forgive a poor drug convict after they sent him/her to the death chamber.