COMMISSION on Human Rights (CHR)-Western Visayas Regional Director David Bermudo said their agency’s institutional stand is that they are against the restoration of death penalty.
He, however, said there is pressure from the government, as the CHR-Western Visayas conducted a community-based dialogue on the restoration of death penalty at Nature’s Village Hotel in Talisay City.
“It is violative to human rights because our primary right is the right to live. We are not saying that once a person commits a crime, he will not be punished. He must, but we do not agree on taking the criminal’s life. We should give them the second chance,” Bermudo said.
He added that death penalty is not deterrent to crimes as shown by statistics.
“If there is a significant increase in crime rate that endangers the national security, maybe we could reimpose death penalty, but the situation does not warrant for it now. In fact, there is a decrease in crimes especially heinous crimes such as murder and homicide,” Bermudo further said.
He said that during the dialogue, most of the participants were against the reimposition of death penalty.