June 6, 2006
Philippine Government Votes to Abolish the Death Penalty
On June 6, the Philippine Senate voted unanimously to abolish the death penalty. Even senators who supported the death penalty voted for abolition. Life without parole sentences or 40 years in prison will be substituted for execution, depending on the offense.
On the same day, the Philippine House of Representatives voted 119-20 for a similar bill outlawing capital punishment. The two bodies are expected to reconcile differences in their bills and President Arroyo is expected to sign the final version of legislation. More. . . [Mark Godsey]
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