PAO chief favors death penalty

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PUBLIC Attorney’s Office chief lawyer Persida Rueda-Acosta on Wednesday expressed support for the revival of the death penalty being championed by incoming President Rodrigo Duterte.

Acosta said that in the past, she was against the killing of criminals, but stressed that she is now changing her stand on the death penalty as she boldly declared that she will support it if imposed properly and justly.

“Sa ngayon, pabor na po ako sa death penalty sa mga heinous crimes like rape with homicide, kidnapping with murder, and drug trafficking [As of now, I am in favor of the death penalty for heinous crimes like like rape with homicide, kidnapping with murder, and drug trafficking],” she told reporters at the weekly Fernandina Media Forum at Club Filipino in Greenhills, San Juan City (Metro Manila).

Acosta, however, assured the public that they will keep a close eye to make sure that only true criminals will be executed publicly.


Duterte earlier said that he wants to impose the death penalty by hanging.

His choice for House Speaker, Rep. Pantaleon “Bebot” Alvarez of Davao del Norte, said the return of the death penalty will be among the priority measures of the 17th Congress once it starts this July.

NEIL A. ALCOBER

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  1. How can you avoid the death penalty with riding in tandem assassin, with rapists of minors, with drug manufacturers and pushers ? Death penalty will discourage vigilantes in the streets. The biggest problem is the corrupt justice system, corrupt judges and policemen.

    • Frank A. Tucker on

      AMEN to the Max !
      The ONLY certainty of JUSTIC in the Philippines IS the uncertainty of the court.

      Far too many innocent victims of injustice have been summarily executed by the Philippine justice system.

  2. ang aking mungkahi kina Ms Acosta at Mr Alcober ay isulong sa Dept of Education ang pagtuturo ng PHILIPPINE CONSTITUTION sa lahat ng eskwelahan sa boong Pilipinas, para maunawan ang karapatan ng bawat mamayan

    • neil alcober on

      maraming salamat sir eking sa inyong mungkahi. tamang-tama education reporter po ako, itatanong ko yan kay incoming education secretary leonor briones.