ARE we truly ready for the death penalty?
This was the question asked by Msgr. Joseph Tan of the Archdiocese of Cebu in reaction to the approval of the death penalty law in the Lower House earlier this week.
Tan, who is the Archdiocese’s media liaison officer, told SunStar Cebu that while government officials are rushing to revive the death penalty, he asked whether the government has put up the measures to ensure its fair implementation.
“Are we truly ready for it? Have we put up the measures to ensure speedy and fair justice or are we just rushing through it without evaluating our readiness? If we subscribe to the latter, then the death penalty could do more harm than good,” Tan said.
Tan is concerned that if the death penalty is implemented, he fears that people who are falsely accused of a crime they didn’t commit could die without the benefit of a fair trial.
The church official said the Church is not in absolute objection to the death penalty, adding that capital punishment is acceptable in “certain conditions.”
During the voting on the proposed bill last Tuesday, eight congressmen from Cebu voted for the reimposition of the death penalty.
Cebu Rep. Gerald Anthony “Samsam” Gullas (Cebu,1st) was particularly disappointed that even though he supported the death penalty, his request to include rape in the punishable acts wasn’t included in the bill.
But Gullas told SunStar Cebu said that he and other congressmen plan to file a separate bill to include other crimes, including rape, in those punishable by death penalty.