Philippines president-elect Duterte vows to bring back death penalty
May 16, Manila: Philippine President-elect Rodrigo Duterte said he is planning to return the death penalty. He said this in his first comments to reporters since last week's election.
Speaking at a press conference on Sunday in the southern city of Davao, he added that he would also seek to give security forces shoot-to-kill powers for suspects who evade arrest and those involved in organised crime.
It is unclear how easily he could enact such proposals, but analysts credit his success to his tough stance on crime.
He is set to be sworn into office on 30 June for a term of six years.
While official election results have not yet been announced, Duterte has an unassailable lead. He will need the backing of Congress to see through his plans.
Duterte is also quoted as saying that he wanted to forge closer relations with China, and that he was open to direct talks over territorial disputes in the South China Sea.
The Philippines has taken one of its claims to a court of arbitration at the Hague.
Duterte's record as the crime-crushing mayor of the southern city of Davao, once notorious for its lawlessness, has earned him the moniker The Punisher, reports said.
The Oslo Times