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Lawmaker says firing squad executions should be broadcast on television

La Union Representative Sandra Young Eriguel says executions should be broadcast on television

A member of the Congress of the Philippines has said that any future death sentences carried out in the Philippines should be broadcast live on television.

La Union Representative Sandra Young Eriguel said people should watch the executions in order to “sow fear” among would-be criminals.

The policy would be a return to the Marcos years, when death sentences were regularly broadcast to the nation.

She said: “Any method of death penalty, as long as it is viewed on national television because that would give impact or fear.”



Rep. Eriguel was among the 217 lawmakers who cast their ballots in favour of bringing back capital punishment for a number of drug-related crimes this week. The 54 who voted against the motion included Emelda Marcos, who represents Leyte in Congress.

The current bill does not cover crimes most usually punished by death, such as murder or rape.

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The method of execution is yet to be decided. “Maybe firing squad, it has more impact to deter crime when viewed in public, said Rep Eriguel.

“I used to favour lethal injection but on second thoughts, if firing squad is televised live, maybe those planning to commit heinous crimes will think twice.”

In the USA, Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh is campaigning to have his own death televised, which has sparked a lively debate.

Richard Dietzer of the Death Penalty Information Center, said: “Execution is so much a judgment, an action by the community. It’s a statement by the community that this is what they want.

“It used to be very public, and now it’s done behind prison walls. The more people know about the death penalty, the better they’re going to be able to judge it.

“The whole process is carried out in the people’s name, and they should know if those acting in their name are doing it carefully and humanely.”

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4 Comments on "Lawmaker says firing squad executions should be broadcast on television"

  1. The Dogs Back Wheels | March 11, 2017 at 6:15 pm |

    “Any method of death penalty, as long as it is viewed on national television because that would give impact or fear.”
    La Union Representative Sandra Young Eriguel said people should watch the executions in order to “sow fear” among would-be criminals.
    Personally , in a religious country like this where maybe 9 out 10 believe in heaven and the afterlife i’m sure would -be criminals believe they have the get out of jail card tucked away , so the death penalty and then eternal life if they repent their sins may seem an easy way out.Maybe the 1 in 10 will sit back for the televisual feast knowing different.

  2. I’ve got a capital idea. Let’s bring back the guillotine and set it up in Makati. Could even charge for tickets. Good for government coffers, perhaps even a tourist attraction. Even better. How about crucifixion. People do that here for fun. We could make them carry their crosses up the hill to Baguio and set up a theme park. Welcome to the dark ages, that people like this say things like this is shocking enough, to realize that they actually mean them is horrifying.

  3. The Dogs Back Wheels | March 12, 2017 at 11:49 am |

    I’ll go with Crucifixions , seems like a great idea. As you say they seem to get a kick out of reenacting it, so how fitting to make it the number one choice for the death penalty.

    • They’d make for fantastic daytime television too. I can see it now. 30 9 year old kids, picked up in possession of a joint each, traipsing up the slopes of the Cordilleras with crosses bigger than themselves over their shoulders.

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