AN official of the Cebu Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Office (CPADAO) favors the reinstatement of the death penalty in the country, especially for convicted criminals involved in illegal drugs.
Former Provincial Board member Ivy Durano-Meca, who is CPADAO’s executive director, said that the death penalty will deter the selling of illegal drugs.
Meca also said that the death penalty will stop the operations of suspected drug lords who, despite being in jail, continue to operate.
But Meca clarified that her stand on the matter is personal and does not represent that of the CPADA0, which is chaired by Cebu Gov. Hilario Davide III.
The governor had said that he is against the return of the death penalty.
Meca’s older brother, Red, who is the congressman of the fifth district, was one of the seven congressmen from Cebu who voted to revive the death penalty in the House of Representatives.
But Meca hopes that the death penalty will only apply to drug sellers and manufacturers and not to users, who deserve to undergo a rehabilitation program.