Palace: Revival of death penalty to discipline law offenders

THE reimposition of capital punishment in the Philippines would help discipline people who perceive adherence to law "an option rather than a rule of community."

This was the statement of Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella after some parliamentarians from Cambodia and Malaysia believe the Philippines would lose international credibility if it revives death penalty.

Abella maintained that the Duterte administration is primarily focused on the revival of death penalty, citing that even progressive Southeast Asian country like Singapore implement such measure as "a final deterrent to crime."

"Reimposition of capital punishment remains a priority legislative measure. A progressive Southeast Asian like Singapore as a final deterrent to crime," Abella said in a statement.

"While some countries may have their opinion, we find the move to reimpose death penalty, reserved for certain heinous crimes, as apt for exercising discipline in a culture that now treats adherence to law an option rather than a rule of community life," he added.

About nine Cambodian parliamentarians and six Malaysian parliamentarians signed a solidarity statement, opposing the planned reimposition of the capital punishment.

In a statement released Wednesday, the lawmakers said pushing for "barbaric and outdated" death penalty is "ultimately a recipe for more cruelty and strife."

They said that the plan to reintroduce such punishment would be a "mistake" for the Philippines and a "setback" for the Association of Southeast Asian Nation.

The parliamentarians further said that the proposed measure reviving the death penalty "puts the Philippines' international credibility at risk, as well as the stunning progress made in the past decade toward the eradication of capital punishment globally."

"As fellow legislators, we strongly urge our counterparts to oppose this bill and keep the death penalty illegal in the Philippines," they added. (SunStar Philippines)  


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