To reimpose death penalty in the Philippines is futile. Death penalty is not an effective deterrent to crime. It only worsens the injustice felt by Filipinos.
Lawmakers should first consider fixing the criminal justice system in the country before moving to reimpose the capital punishment of death. It is worrisome how the lower house comfortably disregarded the present scenario where the poor are easily incarcerated compared to the rich and the powerful. The reason is simple, the poor can’t afford good lawyers, while the rich can afford a herd of (judges).
Justice can be denied in the Philippines either by cunningly slowing the wheels of the proceedings or by coercing through bribery or threat the supposed to be just and impartial “Lady Justice.”
These lawmakers failed to fully comprehend the equation. They seemed to immediately jumped into conclusion that death penalty is the ultimate solution. They erred.
In the desparate attempt of this administration to cleanse the society, while it is considered a sweet music to hear that the government is serious in eradicating crimes, it is frightening to notice the pattern of violent tendencies rooted from the frustration of the executive department. Yes, this is a terrible change.
We understand them. Same as what the administration is trying to accomplish, we also want a just and safe society but I strongly enunciate my dissent to exercising again this ‘barbaric’ measure given how biased justice in our country, of course, with due all respect to the judicial branch of the government.
What our country needs is a much rigid and stronger criminal justice system which will provide equal protection and due process of law to all Filipinos especially the disadvantaged.
The Congress must be realistic enough in setting the standards of the offenses punishable by death, because believe it or not, granting that the bill becomes a law, a quorum will be soon impossible to achieve because congressmen will be the first team in the death row.
Death is not the solution, if not used properly, death penalty could become a weapon to divide the nation, cause havoc and uncertainty, silence the opposition for them to play as Gods and Goddesses.