President-elect of Philippines wants to bring death penalty back

mal{BNN / MANILA}, Philippines – The presumptive winner of Philippines presidential election has said that he wants to bring death penalty back.

Rodrigo Duterte’s tough-on-crime stance won him last week’s national elections.

On Sunday, he said at a press conference, “If there is no fear in the law or attached to the law…it’s useless.”

He added, “What I would do is urge Congress to restore the death penalty by hanging, especially if you use drugs.”

The country had abolished capital punishment in 2006.

According to reports, he also said that he would provide more power to the security forces so that they can shoot to kill anyone who resists arrest.

He explained, “If you resist arrest…you offer a violent resistance, my order to the police or the military is to shoot to kill.”

Reports pointed out that the official election results have not been announced yet but with 38.6 percent votes, Duterte is expected to emerge a winner.

The 71-year-old leader had many a times given outlandish statements.

Last week, he promised that he will step down as the president if he cannot weed out corruption within six months, which experts have said is impossible.

In his campaign trail, he had said that he will kill 100,000 criminals and dump them in Manila Bay.

Duterte, who was previously the mayor of Davao, also said that he will roll out Davao’s law and order system in the entire country. That includes 2 am curfew on drinking in public places, no smoking in restaurants and hotels and a ban on children walking alone on the streets at night.

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