Alarmed by the occurrence of heinous crimes, not so few called for the revival of death penalty in the country. But it would seem that the call of some sectors and the Coalition Against Violence (CAV) failed to get support as yet. For instance, the powers-that-be were not talking about it. Heinous crimes pertained to cases of murder, rape, etc.
The capital punishment was reintroduced during the time of Pres. Fidel V. Ramos. It was also during the time of deposed Pres. Joseph Estrada that the lethal injection was first implemented. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, who succeeded Estrada via the so-called people power 2 eventually abolished the death penalty (infosource: Wikipedia).
It appeared that criminals are more "punitive" this time as reported in various news sources. Many agreed that these heinous crimes were related to drug abuse - a phenomenon that has refused to go despite efforts from government agencies like the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).