Barbers expressed his support to the reinstatement of capital punishment as the House Committee on Justice resumed its hearings on the pending death penalty bills at the Congress.
This was over a week after President Rodrigo Duterte renewed his call to reimpose the death penalty for drug-related offenses during his fifth State of the Nation Address.
The committee was deliberating on 12 pending death penalty bills wherein six were for violations of RA 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
“I am for death penalty no matter who our president is. I believe this is the only penalty that would bring shivers to the bones of the evildoers,” Barbers said.
“[This is] the only deterrent to the commission of heinous crimes, the only thing that even the most hardened criminals fear,” he added.