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U.S. prison guards request clemency for heroic death row inmate

Jan 15, 2020 - 8:49 AM

The prison guards claim the inmate saved the lives of 3 staff members

This undated photograph shows the holding cell at San Quentin Prison where Stanley "Tookie Williams" will be held prior to his scheduled execution by lethal injection early 13 December 2005. (Photo by California Department of Corrections/AFP)

Pakistani professor sentenced to death for blasphemy

Dec 21, 2019 - 8:22 PM

Junaid Hafeez, 33, is sentenced to death for allegedly insulting Prophet Mohammed in predominantly Muslim Pakistan

U.S. executes gay man who said trial tainted by homophobia

Nov 05, 2019 - 4:45 PM

Charles Rhines, 63, is put to death by lethal injection soon after the Supreme Court rejected a last-ditch appeal by his lawyers claiming that his trial was tainted

(FILES) In this undated file image from the South Dakota Department of Corrections shows death row inmate Charles Rhine. - A death row inmate due to be executed in South Dakota on November 4, 2019 has made a last-minute appeal for clemency, saying jurors at his trial were prejudiced against him because he is gay. Charles Rhines, 63, was scheduled to die by lethal injection later Monday, 27 years after killing an employee in a shop he was robbing in the rural state in the center of the country.As the execution loomed, his lawyers launched a last-ditch appeal to the Supreme Court demanding that it reopen the case on the basis of testimony from witnesses who claim Rhines did not receive a fair trial. (Photo by HO / South Dakota Department of Corrections / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / South Dakota Department of Corrections" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

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Jul 29, 2019 - 10:16 AM

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Malaysia accused of U-turn on death penalty abolition

Mar 13, 2019 - 9:46 PM

The government will only repeal the mandatory death penalty, which means it will be at a judge's discretion whether to order someone to hang or send them to jail for offenses where a death sentence is currently mandatory

DEATH PENALTY. As a pedestrian (L) walks past, a grim message of Malaysia's mandatory death penalty for drug trafficking adorns the perimeter wall of the historic Pudu Jail downtown Kuala Lumpur on November 1, 2007. File photo by Tengku Bahar/AFP

Malaysia to abolish death penalty – minister

Oct 11, 2018 - 4:44 PM

The Malaysian government has decided to scrap capital punishment because there has been strong domestic opposition to the practice

Sri Lanka to hang drug criminals, replicate Philippines 'success'

Jul 11, 2018 - 6:32 PM

President Maithripala Sirisena tells the cabinet he is 'ready to sign the death warrants' of repeat drug offenders, government spokesman Rajitha Senaratne says

WAR ON DRUGS. Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena announces a policy statement during a ceremony for the new session of parliament in Colombo on May 8, 2018. File photo by AFP

Thailand carries out first execution since 2009

Jun 19, 2018 - 3:27 PM

Monday's execution serves as a 'lesson to deter those who wanted to commit serious crime,' Thailand's Department of Corrections says in a statement

Japan executes two murderers, including teenage killer

Dec 19, 2017 - 4:56 PM

The death penalty has overwhelming public support in Japan despite repeated protests from European governments and human rights groups

U.S. states consider using fentanyl to execute inmates

Dec 14, 2017 - 1:45 PM

The states of Nevada and Nebraska are planning to supply prison executioners with the opioid painkiller, drawing criticism from doctors and activists who call the move a dangerous human experiment

WARNING. Bags of heroin, some laced with fentanyl, are displayed before a press conference regarding a major drug bust, at the office of the New York Attorney General, September 23, 2016 in New York City. Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Trump vows crackdown after New York attack

Nov 02, 2017 - 12:43 PM

(UPDATED) Trump pledges sweeping changes to curb immigration and later calls for the attacker to be put to death

PRIME SUSPECT. This handout photograph obtained courtesy of the St. Charles County Dept. of Corrections in the midwestern US state of Missouri on October 31, 2017 shows Sayfullo Saipov, the suspected driver who killed 8 people in New York on October 31, 2017. St. Charles County Dept. of Corrections/AFP

Despite Duterte push, no revival of death penalty in Senate – Lacson

Jul 25, 2017 - 11:45 AM

I don t see the death penalty being revived under his watch or at least with the present composition of the Senate says pro death penalty Senator Panfilo Lacson

LUMPSUM. Senators question the lump sum allocations in the 2017 budget of the Department of Public Works and Highways. Photo from Sen Lacson's official Facebook account

Duterte wants death for drug convicts: ‘An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth’

Jul 24, 2017 - 10:09 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte reiterates in his SONA that the essence of the death penalty is retribution for the victims of heinous crimes

AFTER THE SONA. President Rodrigo Duterte talks to protesters outside Batasang Pambansa after his SONA on July 24. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

House names new committee chairs after death penalty vote

May 15, 2017 - 9:30 PM

The House leadership begins naming the lawmakers who will be replacing the committee chairpersons ousted for not voting in favor of the death penalty bill

REPLACEMENTS. A new batch of committee chairmanships will ba named at the plenary session in the coming days. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

'Running priest' Robert Reyes: PH at a crossroads under Duterte

May 14, 2017 - 10:30 PM

Fr Robert Reyes leads 15 pilgrims in Lakbay Buhay Walk for Life and calls on Filipinos to take a stand against the death penalty

Countries urge PH not to revive death penalty

May 08, 2017 - 6:34 PM

In Geneva UN member states remind a Philippine delegation that reviving the death penalty is against international laws which the country had signed

Filipinos' support for death penalty wanes – survey

May 05, 2017 - 12:05 PM

The March Pulse Asia poll shows that 67 of Filipinos in March 2017 support the death penalty for heinous crimes lower than the 81 in July 2016

LETHAL. Critics say a 'flawed and corrupt' justice system should be fixed first before even considering the revival of the death penalty.

Congress sets aside death penalty, age of criminal responsibility

May 03, 2017 - 6:05 PM

UPDATED House justice panel chairperson Reynaldo Umali says the controversial bills will be taking the back burner with his committee expected to tackle impeachment complaints

As chair of the House justice committee, Oriental Mindoro 2nd District Representative Reynaldo Umali will be at the forefront of the pending impeachment proceedings at the House. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

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61% of Filipinos approve of death penalty for drug convicts

Apr 26, 2017 - 5:13 PM

A Social Weather Stations survey shows 48 of Filipinos have either extensive or partial but sufficient knowledge of the controversial death penalty House bill

APPROVED. A majority of Filipinos support the reimposition of the death penalty, a priority bill of President Rodrigo Duterte. File photos by Rappler

Death penalty bill already 'dead' in Senate – Drilon

Apr 26, 2017 - 10:22 AM

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon says at least 13 senators are expected to thumb down the Duterte administration s priority measure

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Arkansas executes two prisoners in one night

Apr 25, 2017 - 10:54 AM

UPDATED Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge says Jack Jones and Marcel Williams both sentenced to death in the 1990s are executed by lethal injection after higher courts rejected their final legal appeals

China remains world's biggest executioner – Amnesty

Apr 11, 2017 - 12:51 PM

Amnesty s report found that hundreds of death sentences including cases involving foreign nationals had been omitted from China s public database of court verdicts suggesting a concerted effort to hide the extent of the country s killings

No death penalty law before Duterte's 2nd SONA – Sotto

Apr 06, 2017 - 1:30 PM

Among those eyed to be passed by June 2017 are bills on the coco levy trust fund free internet in public places and free higher education

When politics and principles clash on the death penalty

Mar 22, 2017 - 10:30 AM

18 lawmakers who voted no to the RH bill under the 15th Congress voted yes to the death penalty measure under the 17th Congress How did the Church mobilize against the two controversial measures?

SPECTATORS. Nuns watch as lawmakers voted 217-54-1 in favor of reimposing the death penalty on March 7. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Duterte tells EU Parliament, 'Mind your own business'

Mar 20, 2017 - 8:55 AM

Why don t you mind your own business? Why do you have to fuck with us goddamn it says the Philippine President

'DON'T INTERFERE.' President Rodrigo Duterte gets a warm welcome from supporters before his speech in front of the Filipino community where he talks about the death penalty. Photo by Rene Lumawag/Presidential Photo

Jesus didn't advocate legal killing, CBCP reminds faithful

Mar 19, 2017 - 12:00 PM

To the people who use the Bible to defend death penalty need we point out how many other crimes against humanity have been justified using the same Bible? the CBCP says

DEATH PENALTY. CBCP president Archbishop Socrates Villegas slams the use of the Bible to defend capital punishment. File photo by Noli Yamsuan/Archdiocese of Manila

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EU Parliament approves call to free De Lima

Mar 17, 2017 - 9:14 AM

European lawmakers also urge Philippine officials to immediately halt ongoing proceedings to reinstate the death penalty

DETAINED LAWMAKER. Philippine Senator Leila De Lima attends her arraignment at a Quezon City court on March 13, 2017, for the charge of 'disobedience to summons.' Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

When the House whips go to work for the death penalty

Mar 16, 2017 - 9:37 PM

PART 2: Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas leads the charge to whip the votes and bring back the death penalty in the country a pet bill of President Rodrigo Duterte

THE WHIP. Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas gestures as his colleagues vote on HB 4727 on March 7. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

LP not providing replacements for ousted House committee heads

Mar 16, 2017 - 5:10 PM

LP secretary general Jose Christopher Belmonte says it is heartwarming that none of the party s lawmakers are willing to take the place of their ousted colleagues

NO LONGER A HOUSE LEADER. Quezon City 6th District Representative Jose Christopher Belmonte loses his committee chairmanship after voting to the death penalty bill. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

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Mar 16, 2017 - 2:21 PM

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Draft EU resolution calls for De Lima's 'immediate release'

Mar 16, 2017 - 8:50 AM

European lawmakers also want the Philippine government to drop all politically motivated charges against President Rodrigo Duterte s fiercest critic

SUPPORT FROM EU. In this photo, Senator Leila De Lima arrives at the Quezon City Metropolitan Trial Court, March 13, 2017. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

After 8 months under 17th Congress, Alvarez 'tired, but satisfied'

Mar 15, 2017 - 5:00 PM

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez considers the approval of the death penalty bill as the biggest achievement of the House so far

SATISFIED. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez smiles when asked how he feels about the first 8 months of the 17th Congress. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

House leaders vs death penalty to be replaced in May

Mar 15, 2017 - 12:41 PM

UPDATED On possibly losing support after the House reorganization Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says Well if I m burning bridges then so be it

PENDING REORGANIZATION. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez guarantees the replacement of several House leaders. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

What happened behind closed doors to the death penalty bill

Mar 15, 2017 - 11:38 AM

PART 1: Lawmakers are initially ambivalent about their stance on the death penalty bill but a few tweaks on its provisions finally convince them to support the measure

Legazpi bishop to youth: Use social media to oppose death penalty

Mar 13, 2017 - 1:25 PM

Bishop Joel Baylon says young Filipinos must be online missionaries of God

Duterte wants rape with homicide in death penalty bill

Mar 09, 2017 - 9:20 PM

Medyo kulang says President Rodrigo Duterte about a death penalty bill that is only limited to drug related crimes

ALLIES IN CONGRESS. President Rodrigo Duterte holds a meeting with House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III at the Orchid Room in Malacañang Palace on March 7, 2017. Photo by Richard Madelo/Presidential Photo

Robredo counts on sectoral members for LP strength amid 'culture of fear'

Mar 09, 2017 - 4:39 PM

We will have a very difficult time convincing most of the politician members of the party to make their voices heard to try to be game changers says Vice President Leni Robredo of the once ruling Liberal Party

SAFE LP. Vice President Leni Robredo said many of their members are scared to voice out their opinions that are against the policies of President Rodrigo Duterte.

Lagman: Alvarez on 'benevolent retreat' on threat vs House leaders

Mar 09, 2017 - 12:24 PM

Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas defends Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez as simply showing the qualities of a good leader by reviewing his statement that he would replace anti death penalty House leaders

ALVAREZ'S EMPTY THREAT? Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman slams Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez on his supposed 'empty' threat against House leaders who thumbed down the death penalty bill. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Who decides who lives? Lawmakers explain death penalty votes

Mar 08, 2017 - 9:23 PM

Here are links to the speeches of 14 congressmen and women who voted no and 3 who voted yes to House Bill 4727

APPROVED. The members of the 17th congress vote on the House Bill 4727 on 3rd and final reading on March 7. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

4 death penalty votes that surprised us

Mar 08, 2017 - 6:50 PM

Some representatives voted contrary to their previous public statements or their party stand What made them change their mind?

SURPRISE VOTES? Several congressmen explain their votes on the death penalty bill.

CHR: Approving death penalty 'blatant breach of international law'

Mar 08, 2017 - 3:20 PM

The Commission on Human Rights also says jurisprudence on most serious crimes do not include narcotics crimes the only offenses retained in the House bill

Fariñas: 'No replacements will happen yet' after death penalty vote

Mar 08, 2017 - 2:58 PM

UPDATED Several of the 54 lawmakers who voted against House Bill 4727 hold prime posts in the House including Deputy Speaker Gloria Mapacagal Arroyo

PLEA TO THE SPEAKER. After several House leaders voted against the death penalty bill, Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas says he will 'handle the matter.' File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Duterte 'thankful' House passed death penalty bill – Alvarez

Mar 08, 2017 - 1:49 PM

The President however hoped plunder and rape remained on the list of crimes punishable with life imprisonment or death says Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez

President Rodrigo Duterte supports the death penalty bill, which the House passed on 3rd and final reading under the leadership of Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez.

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FULL TEXT: Death penalty is an 'abhorrent punishment' – Lagman

Mar 08, 2017 - 9:10 AM

Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman says of the death penalty: It victimizes the poor It is not the solution to criminality It is not the answer to poverty and social injustice It debases the right to life

VOTED NO. Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman explains his vote against the death penalty. Screengrab from

FULL TEXT: Essence of Sharia law is preservation of life – Hataman

Mar 08, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Anak Mindanao Sitti Turabin Hataman: Sarili ko pong buhay hindi ko kayang panagutan I cannot afford and is most afraid to be held accountable for another life even just one life Thus I vote No

VOTED NO. Anak Mindanao Representative Sitti Turabin-Hataman explains her vote against the death penalty. Screengrab from

FULL TEXT: Party stand trumps conscience vote on death penalty – Salo

Mar 08, 2017 - 8:55 AM

Kabayan Representative Ron Salo a preacher says he personally opposes the death penalty but he cast the yes vote of the party he represents

VOTED YES. Kabayan Representative Ron Salo explains his vote in favor of the death penalty. Screengrab from

FULL TEXT: Reimposing the death penalty is 'anti-poor' – Zarate

Mar 08, 2017 - 8:50 AM

Bayan Muna Representative Carlos Zarate says criminality stems from a backward society where only a few and the foreigners decide the affairs

VOTED NO. Bayan Muna Representative Carlos Zarate explains his vote against the death penalty bill. Screengrab from