THE threshold for the crime of plunder should stay at P50 million, President Rodrigo R. Duterte said on Thursday.

Mr. Duterte, who wants to restore the death penalty for plunder, drug trafficking and other heinous crimes, said in a speech in Ilocos Sur the P50 million threshold is enough.

Senator Christopher Lawrence T. Go has filed a bill reinstating capital punishment. He also said he is open to lowering the threshold amount.

On Wednesday, Mr. Go said he is “not very confident” that his bill would get enough backing form his fellow senators.

In his fourth State of the Nation Address last Monday, Mr. Duterte said drug traffickers must be put to death, noting that the illegal drug menace persists despite his deadly war on drugs that has killed thousands. — Arjay L. Balinbin