WITH OR WITHOUT DEATH PENALTY | Suspects behind Cebu slay should be killed – solon
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(MARCH 14, 2019) – The suspects behind the gruesome Lapu-Lapu City slay should be executed regardless if capital punishment is in place in the Philippines or not, Davao del Norte congressman Pantaleon Alvarez said on Thursday.
“Ito ay hindi kagagawan ng tao. Halimaw na ang gumawa niyan. With or without death penalty, dapat patayin iyong gumawa noon. Huwag nang idaan sa kung ano,” he said in an interview with One News’ Agenda.
Alvarez took a swipe at women and human rights groups, which he claimed were mum about the brutal slay of a 16-year-old girl in Cebu earlier this week.
“May statement ba na in-issue ang [Commission on] Human Rights (CHR)? Nagreklamo ba sila roon sa ginawa sa bata? May statement ba ang mga grupo ng mga kababaihan?,” the lawmaker said.
“‘Pag may sinabi iyong ating pangulo, kahit na pabiro about women, nag-re-react sila kaagad. Pero itong ginawa sa batang babae, meron ka bang narinig na statement sa kanila na nag-protesta sila? Wala.”
But in contrast, the CHR on Tuesday “strongly condemned” the crime and has vowed to help send the suspects to jail.
Gabriela Women’s Party had also condemned the killing, but at the same time expressed concern that it might pave the way for the revival of death penalty in the country.
The Philippines dropped capital punishment in 1987 following the ratification of a new constitution.
In 1993, death penalty was reinstated as part of former president Fidel V. Ramos’ campaign promise.
Rape convict Leo Echagary was the first to be executed via lethal injection in 1999.
The practice was suspended under the Arroyo regime in 2006.
As for the current administration, it’s not a secret that President Rodrigo Duterte supports the return of capital punishment.
Last February, the House of Representatives approved on third and final reading a bill reimposing the death penalty against any person found possessing dangerous drugs during a party or at a social gathering or meeting.
But two days later, the lower chamber moved to retract the death penalty bill or House Bill No. 8909, as it has yet to “cleanse” its provisions.