• Death penalty sought for child sexual abuse

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    A lawmaker on Sunday reiterated his call to impose the death penalty on those who sexually abuse children.

    The government “should seriously address” the problem of pedophilia and child exploitation and sexual abuse by supporting the move to reimpose the death penalty, Rep. Sherwin Gatchalian of Valenzuela City (Metro Manila) said in a statement.

    “It’s about time that Congress reexamine the death penalty in light of reports on the gravity of pedophilia operations in the country. Convicted pedophiles deserve the death penalty because of their dastardly acts against Filipino children,” he added.

    Gatchalian made the pitch after the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) reportedly nabbed a 73-year-old Belgian in Bohol for allegedly molesting 25 Filipina girls.

    He said “arrested pedophiles” in the past were able to post bail and continue with their activities because of loopholes in existing laws and corruption in the judicial system.

    The lawmaker cited the case of British Douglas Slade who, according to the lawmaker, has been repeatedly arrested for taking nude photos and molesting underaged boys in the Philippines.

    “Slade is a notorious pedophile with a history of arrests. He repeatedly had child sex charges against him dropped and was caught on camera in an ITV documentary in 1995 boasting that he could avoid conviction by bribing prosecutors and the families of victims,” Gatchalian said.

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