President Rodrigo Duterte pushed for the return of capital punishment in the Philippines by lethal injection for heinous crimes related to illegal drugs. “I reiterate the swift passage of a law reviving the death penalty by lethal injection for crimes specified under the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002,” Duterte said in his fifth State of the Nation Address (SONA).

“This law will not only help us deter criminality but also save our children from the dangers posed by the illegal and dangerous drugs,” the president continued. Duterte also warned those who commit drug crimes in the country that they will be met with execution, saying: “I will really kill you. That is a commitment.”

Duterte has been waging war against illegal drugs since he came into office in 2016, with the belief that executions will help lower crime rates in the country. Meanwhile, the United Nations’ human rights chief Michelle Bachelet said last month that the extrajudicial killings and other abuses in the country were a result of the Duterte administration’s anti-drug policies.

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