|June 30, 1995||- Introduced by Sen. HERRERA.
|August 2, 1995||- Read on First Reading and referred to the Committee(s) on CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS, REVISION OF CODES AND LAWS.|
|August 22, 1995||Certified for immediate enactment by the President of the Philippines on August 11, 1995.|
|October 5, 1995||- Returned by the Committee on Constitutional Amendments, Revision of Codes and Laws per Committee Report No. 18. recommending its approval with amendments;
- Submitted said report to the Senate;
- Sponsor(s): Senators Herrera and Maceda;
- Assigned for consideration by Special Order;
- Sponsorship speech of Senator Maceda.
|January 24, 1996||Co-sponsorship speech of Senator Herrera.|
|January 29, 1996||- Interpellation of Senators Romulo, Drilon, Flavier, Webb, Macapagal and Alvarez.|
|January 30, 1996||
-Interpellation of Senators Fernan, Santiago and Shahani;
- Senators Maceda, Shahani and Sotto III were made coauthors on motion of Senator Maceda;
- Period of interpellations closed;
- Period of committee amendments;
- Period of committee amendments closed;
- Period of individual amendments;
- Period of individual amendments closed;
- Approved on Second Reading with amendment.
|January 31, 1996||31 Printed copies were distributed to the Senators;|
|February 5, 1996||
- Approved on Third Reading:
- Against: (2) Enrile and Tatad;
|February 7, 1996||Sent to the House of Representatives requesting for concurrence and designated Senators Maceda, Roco and Herrera as its conferees in case of disagreement on the provisions of SBN-436 and its House counterpart;|
|February 21, 1996||House of Representatives agreed to a conference in view of the disagreeing provision of SBN-436 and HBN-6147, designating Congressmen Apostol, Damasing, Daza, Dejon Sr., Gonzales and Abaya as its conferees;|
|February 28, 1996||28- Senator Flavier was named as an additional member of the Bicameral Coference Committee on the part of the Senate as manifested by Senator Romulo;|
|March 5, 1996||- Conference Committee Report submitted to the Senate, recommending that SBN-436 be approved in consolidation with HBN-6147;
- Sponsorship speech of Senator Roco on the Conference Committee Report;
- Interpellation of Senators Herrera and Drilon on the Conference Committee Report;
- Conference Committee Report approved by the Senate.
|March 12, 1996||- Conference Committee Report approved by the House of Representatives on March 5, 1996.|
|March 18, 1996||- The Bill was presented to the President of the Philippines;|
|March 20, 1996||Approved and signed by the President of the Philippines.|
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S. No. 436 H. No. 6147 / Manila Times 3/23/96 ; 6 VLD 2d 37
[ REPUBLIC ACT NO. 8177, March 20, 1996 ]
AN ACT DESIGNATING DEATH BY LETHAL INJECTION AS THE METHOD OF CARRYING OUT CAPITAL PUNISHMENT, AMENDING FOR THE PURPOSE ARTICLE 81 OF THE REVISED PENAL CODE, AS AMENDED BY SECTION 24 OF REPUBLIC ACT NO. 7659
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the Philippines in Congress assembled:
SECTION 1. Article 81 of the Revised Penal Code, as amended by Section 24 of Republic Act No. 7659 is hereby further amended to read as follows:
"Art. 81. When and how the death penalty is to be executed. – The death sentence shall be executed with preference to any other penalty and shall consist in putting the person under the sentence to death by lethal injection. The death sentence shall be executed under the authority of the Director of the Bureau of Corrections, endeavoring so far as possible to mitigate the sufferings of the person under the sentence during the lethal injection as well as during the proceedings prior to the execution.
"The Director of the Bureau of Corrections shall take steps to ensure that the lethal injection to be administered is sufficient to cause the instantaneous death of the convict.
"Pursuant to this, all personnel involved in the administration of lethal injection shall be trained prior to the performance of such task.
"The authorized physician of the Bureau of Corrections, after thorough examination, shall officially make a pronouncement of the convict's death and shall certify thereto in the records of the Bureau of Corrections. ”The death sentence shall be carried out not earlier than one (1) year nor later than eighteen (18) months after the judgment has become final and executory without prejudice to the exercise by the President of his executive clemency powers at all times."
SEC. 2. Persons already sentenced by judgment, which has become final and executory, who are waiting to undergo the death penalty by electrocution or gas poisoning shall be under the coverage of the provisions of this Act upon its effectivity. Their sentences shall be automatically modified for this purpose.
SEC. 3. Implementing Rules. – The Secretary of Justice in coordination with the Secretary of Health and the Bureau of Corrections shall, within thirty (30) days from the effectivity of this Act, promulgate the rules to implement its provisions.
SEC. 4. Repealing Clause. – All laws, presidential decrees and issuances, executive orders, rules and regulations or parts thereof inconsistent with the provisions of this Act are hereby repealed or modified accordingly.
SEC. 5. Effectivity. – This Act shall take effect fifteen (15) days after its publication in the Official Gazette or in at least two (2) national newspapers of general circulation, whichever comes earlier. Publication shall not be later than ten (10) days after the approval thereof.
|(Sgd.) NEPTALI A. GONZALES||(Sgd.) JOSE DE VENECIA, JR.|
|President of the Senate||Speaker of the House of Representatives|
This Act which is a consolidation of the Senate Bill No. 436 and House Bill No. 6147 finally passed by the Senate and the House of Representatives on March 5, 1996.
|(Sgd.) HEZEL P. GACUTAN||(Sgd.) CAMILO L. SABIO|
|Secretary of the Senate||Secretary General House of Representatives|
Approved: March 20, 1996.
(Sgd.) FIDEL V. RAMOS
President of the Philippines
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