The plan of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte to restore the death penalty in the country continues to gain more backing from lawmakers.
Yesterday, more senators expressed their support to prioritize rigorous discussions about the reinstatement of capital punishment as the 17th congress opens.
One of the senators who recently expressed his openness to discussions about the death penalty is Senate President Franklin Drilon. However, the senator said that he is against the proposal due to an inconsistent and faulty justice system in the Philippines.
Senator Vicente “Tito” Sotto III has also said that he would not go against the death penalty proposal even if he does not agree with it like he did before.
“I will not go against it. Although I have recently reconsidered my stand against it, I must remind you that I was the author and sponsor of the law re-imposing the death penalty in the 9th Congress,” Sotto told reporters.
As for Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara, the senator said that he is willing to study both sides of the argument to see which one can help improve the country better. He added that increasing the punishment for crimes could help decrease the crime rate.
“I’m willing to study these proposals. Increasing the penalties for crimes will deter future commission of crimes if there is certainty of arrest and prosecution,” Angara said.
According to Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III, the restoration of the death penalty is theoretically possible within three months. Duterte has said that he prefers public hanging to lethal injection as a form of execution for convicts.
On the other hand, various individuals and sectors have expressed their opposition against the reinstatement of the capital punishment.
Various human rights groups have stated that innocents could be killed if the death penalty is restored due to a faulty justice system in the country. They also cite studies made from different parts of the world showing that the death penalty is not a factor in decreasing the crime rate.
The Catholic Church also believes that every human life – even that of a criminal – should be valued and protected.