Philippines Enacts Death Penalty for Drug Dealing

Discussion in 'Marijuana News from The USA' started by NuBBiN, Jun 19, 2002.

  1. The Philippines congress has approved and President Gloria
    Macapagal-Arroyo has signed a draconian new anti-drug measure, the
    Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. The act mandates the
    death penalty for drug dealing -- no matter how small the quantity
    -- or for possession of as little as 500 grams or marijuana (a
    pound is 454 grams), ten grams of opium, morphine, heroin,
    ecstasy, or cocaine, or 50 grams of methamphetamine, or "shabu,"
    as it is called in the Philippines. The new law will go into
    effect in July.
    "I want to deliver a message to all illegal drug traffickers to
    immediately close their business," said Rep. Antonio Cuenco (Cebu
    City) at a press conference at Malacanang Palace in Manila after
    President Macapagal-Arroyo signed the bill into law on June 7.
    "They have no future. If they are caught, they will be punished
    with life imprisonment or a death sentence," said Cuenco, one of
    the bill's most ardent proponents.

    Among other provisions, the new law includes:

    * The death penalty for any trafficking, cultivating, importing,
    selling, or trading controlled drugs or their chemical precursors.

    * The death penalty for possession of the amounts listed above.

    * The death penalty for any government official found guilty of
    trafficking or of planting drugs.

    * A life sentence for possession of more than five grams of hard
    drugs.

    * A 12-year prison sentence for possession of less than five grams
    of hard drugs.

    * Stiff new penalties for using cell phones or the Internet to
    make drug deals.

    * Stiff new penalties for "dangerous drug financiers, protectors,
    and coddlers."

    * Mandatory drug tests for persons seeking drivers' licenses or
    weapons permits.

    * Mandatory drug tests for candidates for public office.

    * Mandatory drug tests for persons charged with a crime punishable
    by more than six years in prison.

    * Random drug tests for students and workers in government and the
    private sector

    * Compulsory drug education in all school levels.

    The new law has broad support among the political and opinion-
    leader classes. In a column Monday lauding the new law, Manila
    Times columnist Ernesto Herrera referred to the drug trade as "the
    Dark Pied Piper" and as "our modern-day Hitler." In metaphor-
    mixing, lurid prose, Herrera urged public support for the new law.
    "The drug menace has become the dark Pied Piper of the new
    millennium," he wrote, "luring our young people away from what is
    decent and moral, toward a huge cave and right into the bowels of
    despair and decadence, where hope dare not show its face."

    According to the Filipino government, the country has between 1.7
    million and 2.1 million illegal drug users, "close to 10% of the
    youth population." DRCNet could find no sign of any organized
    drug reform effort in the Philippines.

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    Philippines Enacts Death Penalty for Drug Dealing, Possession
    of a Pound of Marijuana or Tens Grams of Ecstasy
    http://www.drcnet.org/wol/241.html#philippines
     
  2. CAPITAL PUNISHMENT IS MURDER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!CAPITAL PUNISHMENT IS MURDER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!CAPITAL PUNISHMENT IS MURDER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!CAPITAL PUNISHMENT IS MURDER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    now im scared to live on this planet. i was gonna go to my states college to become a high school music director, but i think instead i will die fighting for freedom in every form.



    CAPITAL PUNISHMENT IS MURDER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!CAPITAL PUNISHMENT IS MURDER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!CAPITAL PUNISHMENT IS MURDER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!CAPITAL PUNISHMENT IS MURDER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!CAPITAL PUNISHMENT IS MURDER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!CAPITAL PUNISHMENT IS MURDER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!CAPITAL PUNISHMENT IS MURDER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!CAPITAL PUNISHMENT IS MURDER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     

  3. AS LITTLE AS!!!!!!!!
    How much ganj are people allowed to walk around with in their pockets on your planet luv!!!?!?!?!?!??!

    fuck me.........sort your mind out!!!!!! :p
     
  4. yeah but social....i dunno about you, but Ive gone in with friends and bought well over a pound of marijuana before... And what do you think would happen if your hook ups started getting killed left and right because they were the local dispensers... I dont care so much for the fact that yes its very uncommon for me to have atleast a pound of bud on me, but more so the fact that the government has once again not only decided what individuals can or cannot do to their own body, but now if those rules are broken, they get the power to take that individuals life, to teach people a lesson.... bottom line is, I (and everyone else on this planet) should have the freedom to do whatever they desire to their own selves, aslong as they are of a reasonable age, are capable of making their own decisions, and arent going to hurt anyone else...period
     
  5. But, as you no doubt know - country;'s such as this one in question are known to go to ridiculous extremes. Btw - is it just the US that work in pounds?

    Over here (england) it works in divisions of oz's, oz's, and k's.
     
  6. youre right social, but I also wonder if a pound of shwag in the phillipines isnt uncommon, I know many south american countries see that much per person all the time considering the loose laws.....I think the majority of the world uses metric...But the US, being so high and mighty and kick ass decided to go with the customary system just to mess with peoples heads...
     
  7. Yes, most shit is fucked up over here. I wish I could even see or smell that much!!!! I mean, I'm 16, and can't exactly spend too much on cannabis. And as far as the amount, you do realize that this plant has amazing medicinal properties, don't you? Just as all other medicines, given to us by our creator, so that we might better upkeep our vessels in this stage of our exsistance.

    The fact that anyone can try to justify MURDER is sickening. I sure do hope no one ever kills me for groing aloe or purple cone flowers.
     

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