Senators oppose death penalty

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SENATORS from the majority and minority blocs strongly opposed the proposal to reinstate the death penalty, noting that there has been no empirical evidence to show that capital punishment is an effective deterrent to the commission of crime.

There are at least five bills seeking to reimpose death penalty that the Senate committee on justice and human rights chaired by Sen. Richard Gordon is set to tackle this week.

Sen. Leila de Lima introduced an alternative bill that seeks to increase the period of reclusion perpetua or life sentence to 50 years with no possibility of parole.

Reclusion perpetua under the revised penal code have a jail term of 20 years and one day to 40 years.


Under De Lima’s measure, reclusion perpetua will be imposed on those convicted of extraordinary heinous crimes such as trafficking, terrorism, kidnapping, car theft, rape, murder and plunder, among others.

The bill will also empower, improve and modernize the criminal justice system to make it more effective and responsive.

Gordon maintained that imposing the capital punishment does not deter criminals from committing crimes. He added that poor, who cannot afford to hire good lawyers, are usually those who received capital punishment.

“Justly or unjustly, it is the poor people that will suffer the death penalty since they are the ones usually accused of crimes and they could hardly afford the services of lawyers,” he said.

Gordon said that instead of bringing back the death penalty, the government should amend the penal system to ensure that convicts will be locked up in prisons that are located far from their families.

Senator Francis Escudero shared the same view and vowed to convince his colleagues to vote against the reinstatement of capital punishment.

Escudero said the death penalty is not for a country like the Philippines where the criminal justice system is “rife with discrimination, corruption and abuse.”

He said the harsh reality is that an offender will not end up on death row if he can afford top caliber lawyers.

“I am against the Death Penalty Bill. I will interpellate, I will vote against it and as best as I can, try to convince my colleagues not to support it,” Escudero said.

Sen. Manny Pacquiao filed three separate bills calling for the reimposition of death penalty and insisted that God gave the government authority to impose capital punishment on those who committed crimes.

Pacquiao, who is also a pastor, cited the crucifixion of Jesus Christ to prove that the penalty of death is in the Bible.

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  1. Delima strongly opposed the proposal to reinstate the death penalty, baka kasi sya ang unang masampulan lalot malinaw na talagang drug lord protector siya, kasama rin sa listahan ng mga drug lords protector si Trillanes, Drilon, Mar Roxas, Noynoy Aquino at halos lahat na yellow zombies na LP

  2. reclusion perpetua kahit gawin mo 1000 yrs yan eh di makaka pag negosyo pa rin ng shabu di ba ma’m saba? papakainin pa yan, padamit, tubig, kuryente, gwardia, etc. Eh kung bitayin after ng ika 40days na padasal wala na, wala ng gastos. D5 iha de p _ t @

    unchristian? noong Inquisition simbahan sa utos santo papa mapakaraming pinapatay may kasama pang torture! tama o mali

  3. Death penalty should be abolished permanently and it should not be an acceptable punishment for any crime committed in this modern age. However, President Duterte has something better in mind and that is, saving the government money by putting prisoners on electric chair or whatever type of execution permitted by law. Sen. Pacquiao also figured that keeping these people behind bars for life or say life without parole, government resources can be drained or depleted quickly. The prisoners have got it made if they are put behind the wall because they can still sell drugs by using their cell phones, they can have sex with best looking female that ever lived, they can have concert in penitentiary and sell their records outside the prison, and more. In order for the government to eliminate all these headache, they can go ahead end the life of these prisoners whatever is necessary and permissible under the law. If someone would itemize how much the government have saved, it saved a lot of money that can be passed to Department of Education to educate young Filipinos and to the Department of Health for medicine and healthcare for elderly.

  4. The senator is invoking that death penalty is allowed by religion coz jesus was crucified n subsequently died. But in the bible killing is no allowed. What we are talking is on the legal aspect, it is a law which would be applied to all filipino. Better think first mr senator. Life is so sacred and there are many flaws in our judicial system. There are many corrupt fiscals, judges and police. All that will be executed will come from the poor only. As far as i can remember only the rape case on the dela riva case which the convicts came from the affluent families had been executed bcoz of the sensationality of the Case. We should not be antagonistic with the poor sector of our society.

  5. This is what I read in the Holy Bible:

    In the Old Testament (God speaking):

    • Psalms 78:2 I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old:
    In the New Testament (How Jesus Christ spoke):
    • Mark 4:34 But without a parable spake he not unto them: and when they were alone, he expounded all things to his disciples.

    Clearly, therefore, what we read in the Bible is not yet the “intended message” of God. At most that we learn is MORAL LESSON that only benefit us while still living.

    But for spiritual salvation, let us be warned not to depend on anybody by simply preaching the “letter” or literal meaning of what we read.

    • 2 Corinthians 3:6 Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.

    Example:
    • John_9:39 And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind.

    The “letter” or personal “spiritualization” or interpretation of what we read is never the will of God. I believe this is where CHRISTIANITY is divided into many groups or sects, each claiming to preach the “truth”. And so, the warning:

    • Luke 10:21 In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight.