Philippine President vows to bring back death penalty

11:25, 16 May 2016
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Philippine President-elect Rodrigo Duterte said he will seek to return the death penalty, in his first comments to reporters since last week's election, according to the BBC.

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He added that he would also seek to give security forces shoot-to-kill powers for suspects who evade arrest and those involved in organized crime, the BBC reports.

It is unclear how easily he could enact such proposals, but analysts credit his success to his tough stance on crime.

He is set to be sworn into office on June 30 for a term of six years.

While official election results have not yet been announced, Mr. Duterte has an unassailable lead. He will need the backing of Congress to see through his plans.

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The Philippines has taken one of its claims to a court of arbitration at The Hague.

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