Lawyers’ group opposes death penalty, ‘shoot-to-kill’ policy
Rappler.com, May 21, 2016
MANILA, Philippines – The Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG) expressed its alarm over the plans of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte to restore the death penalty and give security forces “shoot-to-kill” orders against organized criminals or those who violently resist arrest.
In a May 20 statement signed by FLAG chair Jose Manuel Diokno, the group said Duterte’s proposals are “illegal and unconstitutional”, would “render our legal system impotent and meaningless”, and would “blatantly violate international law.”
The death penalty was abolished in 1986 when President Corazon Aquino took over the reins of power from Ferdinand Marcos. It was reintroduced by President Fidel Ramos in 1993, then suspended again in 2006.
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