Marañon backs Duterte’s plan to reimpose death penalty

NEGROS Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. is supporting the reimposition of death penalty, which was included in the plan of presumptive president Rodrigo Duterte once he assumes office on June 30.

Under Duterte’s plan, death penalty or public execution by hanging will be reimposed against hardened criminals. He added that the penalty would be for heinous crimes such as rape, robbery with homicide, and kidnapping for ransom.

“I am in favor by whatever means because death penalty is a deterrent to heinous crime. Crime is very rampant. That’s why the jails are already congested,” Marañon said.

But the governor pointed out that he is against the “shoot-to-kill” orders.

Duterte said that he would give the authorities “shoot-to-kill” orders against criminals or those who violently resisted arrest.

“That is unconstitutional, illegal and against human rights. Everybody is entitled to due process,” Marañon said.

On the plan of Duterte to offer four cabinet positions to the New People’s Army, Marañon said it needs to be studied because they may impose conditions which are disadvantageous to the mainstream society. (TDE)

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