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Death penalty opposition mounts

THE Commission on Human Rights in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CHR-CAR) is opposing bringing back death penalty as punishment for heinous crimes offenders.

CHR-CAR director Rommel Daguimol said the commission has been opposing the law imposing death penalty to persons who have committed heinous crimes which is being eyed to decrease crimes in the country.

“Of course hindi tayo favor, actually isa sa ino-oppose ng commission ay ang death penalty. Death penalty might not be the correct remedy to heinous crimes,” Daguimol said.

The human rights official explained the country is a signatory of the International Covenant for Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) which has signified not to impose death penalty as punishment.

Former President Gloria Macapagal – Arroyo suspended the death penalty before the country signed with ICCPR.

“Officially, considering we are signatory to the second optional protocol of the IPPCR or International Covenant for Civil and Political Rights, nakasaad na lahat ng gobyerno ay i-abolish ang death penalty. During the time of President Arroyo sinuspend ang death penalty in line with our signing of the optional protocol,” Daguimol said.

Daguimol said if legislators will bring back the death penalty in the country, it would be contrary under the ICCPR.

Daguimol added the government should strengthen the justice system in the country and make it enforceable and workable.

“Ang kailangan natin ay to strengthen ang justice system in order to ensure justice is being delivered. Sa ngayon ang problema natin ay may mga krimen na hindi ma-punish at mabagal ang hustisya sa atin. Siguro good law enforcement and yung justice system natin must work,” Daguimol said.

Meanwhile, Baguio City Jail male dorm warden Chief Inspector Elvis Danglose said he is in favor of death penalty considering many persons are involved in illegal drugs that were jailed in the city.

“Favor ako sa death penalty para maiwasan ang mga heinous crimes,” added Danglose.

However Baguio City jail female dorm warden April Rose Ayangwa said, “Only God will take life from us and everybody deserves a second chance. Whatever a person did to the others or to your fellow men, you deserve a second chance.”

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