Duterte: Death penalty is a form of retribution

PRESIDENT-ELECT Rodrigo Duterte said Friday criminals should not fear death penalty "because it is a form of retribution."

Duterte, at the change of command ceremony at Davao City Police Office (DCPO), said criminals should face death penalty as a consequence of their acts.

"Hindi mo kailangan matakot, mamamatay ka talaga because it's retribution, magbabayad ka sa ginagawa mo,” he said, referring to criminals facing death penalty.

Duterte, who has been vocal about his stance for the revival of death penalty, said the traditional way of punishing criminals never deterred criminality.

He said lack of imposition of death penalty also led to the proliferation of crimes.

"Ngayon ang nakikita ko ang mga tao are being reduced to animals, pati one year old nire-rape, pinapatay, tapos sabi nila death penalty is inhuman,” he said.

Different groups including Gabriela Women’s group have already expressed their opposition to the revival of the said law.

Communication Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. also said that the incoming administration deserves an opportunity to be heard and understood in terms of its policy initiatives.

Duterte initially said he will lead Congress to restore death penalty, which was abolished in 2006 during the administration of then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

"Lifting of death penalty requires that present law be amended. It is best that this be tackled by the next Congress," Coloma said.

According to incoming speaker, Pantaleon Bebot Alvarez, who was handpicked by the President-elect for the post, the revival of the death penalty law is among the priority laws they will discuss.

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