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The Philippines abolished the death penalty

June 24 2006

Today, Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has signed a decree on the abolition of the death penalty. The Philippines executions carried out by injection. The Presidential Palace Malakasang "in the capital Manila, a ceremony. At the ceremony the head of state arrived after being discharged from the hospital, "St. Luke's." In the hospital, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo hit two days ago with acute food poisoning.

Now the Philippines were among the 50 countries that have abolished the death penalty.

Recall that, in 1999 against the backdrop of rampant crime then-Philippine President Joseph Estrada withdrew the moratorium on the death penalty. For 2000, the country was seven death sentences. But in 2003, became President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo under pressure from the Catholic Church limited the death penalty, it began to be applied only to the kidnappers and serial killers murderers.

Since 2001 the Philippines was not kaznino a single person, although the sentence was imposed in 1280 against offenders.

According to UN statistics, 84 percent of all executions in the world occur in China, Iran, the U.S. and Vietnam. The total number of executions per capita "leading" was the four millionth Singapore (per year are sent to the scaffold for more than 70 prisoners, and mainly, for drug distribution).

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