“We need to pass it in order to reinforce our fight against illegal drugs. In Asia, tayo na lang ang naiiwan na walang death penalty,”Año reiterated, saying President Rodrigo Duterte’s push during his penultimate State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday was a welcome development. Death penalty in the Philippines was abolished in 2006 under then-President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, but Duterte has been seeking to legalize capital punishment again, saying it can deter the narcotics business in the Philippines./PN Almost all heinous crimes committed are related with the use of illegal drugs, according to Año. Senate President Vicente Sotto III, for his part, said the revival of death penalty has “better chances” now at the Senate after it died with the adjournment in the previous Congress. Several bills seeking to revive capital punishment in the country have been filed in the Senate, but the measure has yet to hurdle the committee level as it faces strong opposition both from some legislators and the public. “This is an important deterrent for criminals to stop drug trafficking. So many lives have been wasted because of drugs,” the DILG chief said. “I will not use the word junk. It was simply not interpellated immediately and died with the adjournment of Congress,” the Senate President added. “We can try again another shot at it, especially now that the President focused only on crimes in RA 9165. Better chances,” Sotto said referring to Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. MANILA – The reinstatement of the death penalty for drug traffickers will strengthen the country’s campaign against illegal drug trade, Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) secretary Eduardo Año said. During his SONA on Monday afternoon at Batasang Pambansa, President Duterte urged the Congress to bring back the lethal injection for convicts of illegal drug-related crimes.