The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency backed President Duterte’s renewed push for the re-imposition of the death penalty by lethal injection but only for big-time drug traffickers.
In his State of the Nation Address, the President called on Congress to reinstate the death penalty by lethal injection for drug crimes.
PDEA chief Wilkins Villanueva said the absence of death penalty enabled drug peddlers to continue their illegal activities even in detention.
Villanueva said, “Execution by lethal injection is for big-time drug traffickers and not for the street-level pushers. I strongly suggest that seized drugs weighing one kilogram or more should be the threshold amount,” noting convicted high-profile inmates found ways to give orders to carry out the illegal drug trade.
The PDEA chief said drug protectors and coddlers who were found guilty of manufacturing, trafficking and pushing illegal drugs should be covered by the death penalty.