History Of Death Sentence

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Are you in favor in death sentence? In the Philippines, the death penalty was originally abolished in 1987, but it was reintroduced in 1993. Since then seven people have been executed. Abolition of the death penalty has generally occurred in correlation with increasing democratisation in nation-states around the world. As of 2005, a majority of states (122) were abolitionist, and a minority (73) retained the death penalty. Arroyo has made assurances that "we shall continue to devote the increasing weight of our resources to the prevention and control of serious crimes, rather than take the lives of those who commit them". She was keen to emphasise that her country was not soft on terrorism. This move comes on the eve of a visit to see Pope Benedict XVI and only two weeks after the legislation was confirmed by Congress. The change in sentencing law will lead to more than 1,200 prisoners having their sentences changed to life imprisonment. Historical Backround of death sentence.. Spanish Era until 1986_______________________________________________________ During Spanish colonial rule the most common method of executions were shooting by the firing squad (especially for treason/military crimes, commonly for independence fighters) and garrotte. A prominent example is the country's national hero, Jose Rizal, who was executed by firing squad on the morning of December 30, 1896 by the Spanish government. In 1926, under then colonial administration of the United States, the electric chair was introduced, which made the Philippines the only country besides the United States to use electrocution. This kind of execution was used until 1976. The capital crimes after regaining full independence were i.e. murder, rape and treason. A well-publicized triple execution took place in May 1972, when Jaime Jose, Basilio Pineda and Edgardo Aquino were electrocuted for the 1967

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