Anti-crime advocates press return
of death penalty after Bulacan massacre

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ANTI-crime advocates condemned the massacre that left five people, including three minors dead in Bulacan, as it expressed concern that similar gruesome incidents may follow if Congress would continue to sit on the proposed measure that sought to reinstate the death penalty.

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Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) Chairman Dante Jimenez said on Thursday that in condemning the massacre, he recalled the tragedy that befell Lauro Vizconde who died fighting for justice for his family who was massacred in 1991.

Police have arrested Carmelino Ibanez, 26, who confessed to the killing of Auring Dizon, 58; mother of Estrella Carlos, 28; and her children Donnie, 11; Ella, 7; and Dexter Jr., 1.

READ: UPDATE 2: Bulacan massacre suspect arrested, confesses to crime

According to authorities, Ibanez was under the influence of “shabu” (methamphetamine hydrochloride) when he committed the crime.

“We condemn in strongest possible terms the massacre of the family in Bulacan. We grieve for the innocent victims. Drugs not only destroy families, it leads to the most terrible and barbaric act of crime committed by man against his own kind,” Jimenez said.

The VACC head noted that it was because of heinous crimes like the Bulacan massacre as to why they fully supported President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on illegal drugs.

He added that their organization was aware of the grave danger illegal drugs posed to society and they have never tired of reminding the people that 80 percent of heinous crime cases were perpetrated by drug addicts.

VACC also called on Congress, particularly the Senate, to immediately pass the proposed measure that would pave the way for the reinstatement of the death penalty.

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