Duterte talks about death penalty, summary executions in Davao

Davao City mayor Rody Duterte has spoken about his stance on death penalty and summary executions in a video that has gone viral recently.

Duterte talks about death penalty, summary executions in Davao

In the interview, the hard-hitting local chief executive said he had once argued with then congressman Joker Arroyo at the house of representatives because he is against the abolition of the death penalty.

"Ayaw ko. Sabi ko marami pa tayong patayin, huwag mong pigilan ang batas," he said in the video. "Tapos it was not passed during our time, 11th congress, kami yung congress na nag-impeach kay Estrada."

Duterte represented Davao City's 1st district at the House of Representatives from June 30, 1998 up to June 30, 2001.

According to him, death penalty is necessary to decongest jails.

Citing the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa, he said the problem will be solved if 10 prisoners with death sentences will be killed daily. "How much more if there will be 50 executions in a day?" he asked in Filipino.

Duterte said death penalty should be imposed rather than extrajudicial executions.

"Kagaya sa akin, sabi nila ako yung pumapatay ng criminal...si De Lima pati si Etta," he said, referring to justice secretary Leila de Lima and Commission on Human Rights (CHR) chair Etta Rosales whom he had engaged in a word war with.

"Ako lang ang tig-takot! Sinabi ko itapon kita diyan sa Bangkerohan [River], pero kung sino yang nagtapon diyan sa Bangkerohan hindi ako yan. Baka kayo," he added.

The 1 minute and 51 seconder video showing Mayor Duterte's interview last August 25 garnered over 5,500 shares on Facebook as of this posting.