Death penalty won’t solve crime, says ex-mayor


Reimposing the death penalty as a solution to the current peace and order situation brought about by a worsening drug problem will not solve the problem, former Manila Mayor and now Buhay party-list Rep. Lito Atienza said on Wednesday.

“There is no doubt whatsoever about the breakdown in the country’s peace and order situation. However, reimposing the death penalty is not the solution to this problem. It is not, and never will be, an effective deterrent to the commission of crimes. The problem lies in government’s failure to enforce the law,” Atienza pointed out.

He was reacting to a statement of Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada that he would endorse the presidential candidate whose stand on the re-imposition of the death penalty would jibe with his.

“While we agree with Mayor Estrada that government must do something to address the country’s very serious problem with illegal drugs which, according to him, has affected 92 percent of barangay in Metro Manila and many communities in other parts of the country as well, we strongly disagree that reimposing the death penalty is the solution. It is nothing but a temporary, band-aid remedy conveniently used as an alibi for government’s failure to enforce the law,” Atienza said.

“We believe that the next government should be one that promotes the proper valuing of life, good governance, effective law enforcement and a sound economic program that will provide opportunities for everyone. Our present criminal justice system is in dire need of reforms,” he added.

“I think that being a former President himself, Mayor Estrada can be effective in combating the drug menace without the reimposition of the death penalty. Rather than give the incoming President an alibi for failure, we would rather choose a pro-life [leader]who would promote and strengthen our basic Filipino values like respect for life and the family, as well as harnessing the Filipino’s inherent God-given talent and industry to give the country a good, workable economic program that would provide everyone a better life,” Atienza said.

Atienza noted that the mayor’s statement comes at an inopportune time when the country is about to celebrate Pro-Life Month and Respect and Care for Life Week this February.


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  1. Among all the presidentiables this coming election 2016 only Duterte is sincere in his words (dahil credible siya) to stop graft and corruption in the government, fight illegal drugs, stop criminality, stop contractual employment, change algebra and calculus to business math instead, give priority support to our farmers/agricultural sector, build railway system throughout Mindanao, negotiate leftest groups (NPA, NDF, MNLF, MILF) to end insurgencies to attend genuine peace, implement the law to the fullest extent and impose discipline which are the key to development. At higit sa lahat sawa na kami sa pangako ng mga traditional politicians, bago pa ako naging isang botante, yun na ang systema ng ating pamahalaan, at wala akong nakitang malaking pagbabago sa ating bansa. Nakakalungkot isipin na bago ako nag asawa ang kilo ng bigas mahal na yung P15.00 at magandang klase na. Tapos may mga balita sa TV at sa diaryo na tayo daw mga filipino agricultlurist sa UP Los Banos tayo ang nagtuturo sa taga Vietnam sa makabagong rice technology, peru bakit ngayon tayo ang importer ng bigas galing Vietnam, bakit? At ngayong ang mahal na ng bigas nasa P50.00 na kada kilo ang magandang klase. Anu ba ang Pilipinas compare sa Vietnam? Ang hirap intindihin, saan napunta ang mga resources natin? Why our government, did not pay much attention to our agriculture sector? Mayron daw assistance sa mga farmers peru hindi naibigay sa tamang beneficiaries dahil sa corruption, isipin mo dati may narinig tayong balita tungkol fertilizer scam, dahil doon ibinigay sa Makati and pundo na dapat sana sa mga farmers, Ano ba ang Makati? Farmland? Anung klaseng gobyerno ang mayron tayo sa mga nakaraan at sa kasalukoyan ang mga mayayaman lalong yumayaman at ang mahihirap, lalong naghihirap, ang daming corruption na palagi nating naririnig sa balita. Gusto nyo ba ganito nalang tayo palagi hanggang sa matapos ang mundo? Hoy, Gising Pilipinas. Kailangan na natin ang pagbabago yung walang corruption sa gobyerno. Kahit sino sa mga kandidato ngayon ang mahalal sa puesto maliban kay Duterte wala paring mangyaring maganda sa bayan natin. That is why I/we (my family and relatives) will vote Duterte this coming May 9, 2016 election. Mabuhay si Duterte para sa tunay na pagbabago, mabuhay ang Federalismo, mabuhay ang Pilipinas!