World Youth Alliance regrets that House Bill 4727, which permits the death penalty for drug-related crimes in the Philippines, passed third and final reading in the House of Representatives on March 7, 2017, following a debate which has been criticized for its brevity and the use of procedures against bill opponents. The final passage of the bill is now dependent on ongoing discussions and debates at the Senate committee hearings.
WYA opposes the reinstatement of the death penalty because every human being has intrinsic and inviolable dignity that begins at conception and ends at natural death. This dignity must be cherished in custom and safeguarded by law. WYA encourages Filipinos to oppose this bill, due for parallel deliberations in the Senate, and to make their opposition known.
Stand in solidarity with the millions of lives that may be threatened by the reinstatement of the death penalty in the Philippines. Start raising your voice by partaking in the #YesToDignity campaign (steps below).
1. Co-sign our letter for Philippine leaders at the Senate.
World Youth Alliance Asia Pacific (WYAAP) will be sending letters to Philippine Senators. Show your stand and make the youth voice heard by co-signing our letter through the form below. You may view a copy of our official statement by clicking here. Signatures will be gathered until May 1, 2017.
2. Show your stand on social media.
Make your voice heard on social media. Use the materials below on your social media accounts with the caption,
“I oppose the death penalty. Raise your voice too: wya.net/yestodignity #YesToDignity #NoToDeathPenalty #WeAreWYA”
3. Post a tweet to voice out the importance of valuing life.
Share your thoughts, stories, and insights on why the death penalty should not be reinstated. Use the hashtags, #YesToDignity #NoToDeathPenalty #WeAreWYA”