Fora on death penalty set

THE Commission on Human Rights (CHR) in Northern Mindanao is set to hold a series of dialogues this month involving multi-sectoral groups regarding their thoughts on the re-imposition of the death penalty.

Lawyer Jeanne Ivy Abrina, CHR-Northern Mindanao regional director, said the dialogues will feature both pro and anti death penalty groups.

"We are interested on what they think why they agree on the imposition of death penalty, kay usual man ng against gyud sa death penalty, now we will focus on inviting sa mga agree niini," Abrina said.

But Abrina clarified that CHR-Northern Mindanao is always against capital punishment as this goes against the value of human dignity.

"It really goes against the value of human dignity, mag-follow dapat ta sa human rights sa law," she said.

"The Philippine government is a signatory of the international treaty obligation or protocol of the eradication of death penalty. Kita karon is semi-compliant nata kay naa paman gihapon ni siya sa atong (it is still in our) Constitution, wala man nawala," she said.

"But really want to convey to the minds of the people the reasons why we should be against it," Abrina said.

The debate on the reimposition of the death penalty began when President Rodrigo Duterte, during the campaign period last year, vowed to reimpose capital punishment for heinous crimes particularly drug trafficking.

The Senate Committee on Justice held last Tuesday its deliberations of the proposed reimposition of the death penalty but the city has been actively holding fora to discuss it.

In August last year, the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro initiated a forum aimed at guiding people before taking a stand on the issue.

Carl Cababaran, Social Action Center coordinator for the Archdiocese said although the Church stands opposed to the proposal, it will also continue to provide a venue for people to think critically.
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