Senator Manny Pacquiao wanted harsher punishment for drug smugglers who will attempt to import illegal drugs in the Philippines.
Pacquiao made the statement after a multibillion-peso worth of shabu was slipped past the Manila port.
The authorities last week found a shocking discovery after they found empty magnetic lifters in Cavite suspected to have contained P6.8-b worth of illegal drugs.
“Parang ang gusto ko ba ‘pag nahuli ang nagpasok ng droga na ‘yan at nahuli ang droga na marami ilagay sa tabi dun at ipakita sa taumbayan i-firing squad. Para sa akin i-firing squad,” Pacquiao said.
He believed that without the death penalty, the drug lords was not afraid of shipping illegal drugs to the Philippines.
“Nagpapatuloy kasi wala pa ang death penalty wala pa ‘yung kumbaga latigo ng gobyerno,” he said
Pacquiao is one of the lawmakers who are pushing for the revival of death penalty.
“Ipu-push ko ang death penalty para sa malalaking drug pusher. Di naman maliit na droga ‘yan na sachet sachet ang dala nila.” Pacquiao said.
He said that the failure of the authorities to block the shipment of the illegal drugs disappointed him.
“Nag-file ako reso sa floor na imbestigahan ang nakalusot na P6.8 bilyon na shabu dito sa (Bureau of) Customs so nakakainit talaga ng ulo ‘di ko lang masabi,” the senator told reporters.
Marcos administration used a firing squad to punish drug smuggler, one example is the case of Lim Seng whose execution in December 1972 was also ordered broadcast on national television.
The 1987 Constitution removed the death penalty but allowed the Congress to reinstate it for heinous crimes.