DOH chief backs death penalty for drug pushers

NO LESS than the head of the Department of Health (DOH) has expressed support to the plan of incoming president Rodrigo Duterte to revive the death penalty in the country.

In an interview, Health Secretary Janette Garin said they will not oppose the re-imposition of death penalty if it will punish drug pushers and drug traffickers that victimize on innocent and vulnerable minors.

“I very much support the return of death penalty for some cases, such as drugs,” said Garin.

She said this is because allowing the continued proliferation of drugs in the country will continuously put at risk the lives of Filipino teenagers, such as those that attended the rave party in Pasay City.

“There are really unscrupulous businessmen, who would like to earn something in exchange for the lives of our teenagers... If you go into a business, where you kill innocent people, it’s better if you would be the one taking it (drugs) first,” said the health chief.

“Those children, those teenagers, those young professionals are the future of our country. And nobody has the right to take that away from us,” added Garin.

Over the weekend, five individuals that attended the Close-Up Forever Summer Concert in Pasay City died allegedly caused by drinking drug-laced drinks.

Duterte said he is looking to bring back capital punishment for criminals involved in illegal drugs, and other “heinous crimes”, like rape. (HDT/Sunnex)
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