Tell it to Sun.Star: Death penalty support shaky

PUBLIC support for the restoration of the death penalty is weak and shallow. Many Filipinos who appear to favor the revival of capital punishment are merely venting their exasperation over the miserable performance of our criminal justice system.

Filipinos hunger and thirst for justice, not for blood. And this craving for justice may be satisfied only by profound and comprehensive reforms in law enforcement, prosecution service, the judiciary and our prisons.

This was shown in the results of an online poll on the House of Representatives’ official website, which showed that 50 percent of participants favored the renewal of the death penalty, while 48 percent rejected it, with two percent undecided.

The ratings imply that the reinstatement of the death penalty is a highly discordant matter that is best deferred by Congress.

The blame for the dismal functioning of the justice system that has deeply frustrated and angered many Filipinos is on widespread corruption.

Many citizens still do not report crime victimizations simply because they do not have confidence in our justice system. And the primary reason for this lack of public trust is corruption, which we have to eradicate first.

In fact, many homeowners in middle class subdivisions are extremely wary of opening their doors to Oplan Tokhang precisely because they’re scared corrupt officers might put in false drug evidence.--by Lito Atienza, House senior deputy minority leader and Buhay party-list representative
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