In pushing for a bill that reinstates the death penalty for large-scale illegal drug trafficking, Sen. Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa claimed that lethal injection is the “universally accepted” method of capital punishment. This is wrong.
Interviewed on CNN Philippines’ The Source, anchor Pinky Webb asked Dela Rosa if convicted illegal drug traffickers and drug lords would be given the lethal injection under a death penalty bill that he had filed. The former national police chief replied:
“Yes. Lethal injection is the universally accepted mode of carrying out death penalty, so okay tayo d’yan (I’m okay with that). We have to abide by that convention.”
There is no “universally accepted” mode of implementing the death penalty. In fact, 123 state-parties to the United Nations, including the Philippines, voted for the global suspension of the death penalty in a Dec. 16, 2020 resolution.
|Hanging||Bangladesh, Botswana, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Japan, South Sudan, United Arab Emirates (UAE)|
|Firing squad||Belarus, China, North Korea, Somalia, Yemen|
|Lethal injection||China, USA, Vietnam|
In the United States, 1,368 executions by lethal injection have been recorded since 1976, according to the Death Penalty Information Center, adding that this is a “primary method” of capital punishment in states with death penalty sentences.
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Commission on Human Rights, Statement of Commissioner Karen Gomez-Dumpit on the United Nations General Assembly Resolution on Moratorium on the Use of the Death Penalty, Dec. 17, 2020
Amnesty International, Death sentences and executions 2021, May 24, 2022
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Death Penalty Information Center, About Us, Accessed Aug. 3, 2022
Death Penalty Information Center, State by State, Accessed Aug. 3, 2022
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