Human rights group dismayed on death penalty approval

MEMBERS of the Cordillera Human Rights Alliance (CHRA) expressed dismay against legislators who voted for the restoration of the death penalty in the Philippines.

Imelda Tabiando from CHRA said the death penalty is not the solution in deterring heinous.

"We believe death penalty is not the solution against heinous crimes. The government should look for the roots of the crimes why some people commit crimes and address them first before passing a law," Tabiando said.

Instead, Tabiando said the government should look beyond why people commit crime and crafts employment and poverty alleviation program.

The group also appealed to government officials to help the poor to be provided with basic services particularly in the grass roots level.

CHRA meanwhile suggested with the passage of death penalty, all heinous crimes should be included.

"If there is a death penalty, those who will be subject are those who are in the poor sector only because they cannot afford a lawyer. If a rich person committed a heinous crime, he may afford a lawyer and it would be a different thing," Tabiando added.

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