UPDATE 07/03/17: Today, the House of Representatives adopted the bill to reintroduce the death penalty. The proposal was passed with 216 votes in favour, 54 against and one abstention. The Speaker of the House openly threatened to strip members of Congress of key positions if they dared to vote against the bill, or even abstain from voting.
The Senate is now the Philippines’ last real hope of upholding its international obligations and rescuing the country from this backwards step. This petition has been edited so it is now aimed at Senators. Please keep taking action.
It has been 50 years since the last execution in Australia.
Ronald Ryan’s hanging in 1967 was a tragedy, and one that has not been repeated on Australian soil since. It was a turning point that triggered mass protests and finally lead to the end of executions in Australia for good.
While we progress the campaign to end the death penalty globally, people in the Philippines await to hear whether their leaders will bring it back after 10 years of abolition.
This is a huge step backwards in a world that is moving further away from this inhumane punishment. If passed, this law would make the death penalty a punishment for a wide range of offences, including car theft and bribery.
The Philippines Government have vowed to push this draft law over the line. But we know from experience what people power can do. We need you to join the fight.
Act now by collecting signatures in your community urging the Philippines Senate to fully reject this proposed law before it’s too late. We’ve heard that demonstrations of public opposition to the proposed law (such as letters and petitions) are helping to swing the debate, so the more we send, the more impact we have.Take action now and we’ll send your message to these key Senators:
Senator Aquilino Pimentel
Senator Panfilo Lacson
Senator Vicente Sotto III
Senator Sonny Angara
- Philippines petition: updated March 2017– collect signatures and ideally return to your local action centre as soon as possible so they can be sent to the Senate. The Congress will resume sitting again on 2 May, which at this stage looks to be the final deadline for our voices to be heard. Scroll down this page for an online version of the petition.
- Philippines death penalty flyer Jan 2017
Make sure to regularly check back on this page for any updates, as this is a constantly changing campaign environment.