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“How shall freedom be defended? By arms when it is attacked by arms, by truth when it is attacked by lies, by faith when it is attacked by authoritarian dogma. Always, in the final act, by determination and faith.”

― Archibald MacLeish

Thursday, March 2, 2017

The Pros and Cons of The Death Penalty in PH Without the Drama

The Philippine government abolished the death penalty under article III, section 19 of the 1987 constitution. President Fidel Ramos reimposed the death penalty in 1993 as a “crime control” measure, but President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo reinstated abolition in 2006.
MANILA — President Duterte wants to reimpose the death penalty to ensure that criminals pay for their sins in case God does not exist.
Duterte said  “bleeding hearts” like priests and human rights groups claimed that the death penalty did not deter crime when it was in effect for years. But he said the problem was past presidents did not have the political will to use it to strike fear in  the hearts of criminals.
“Every president along the way didn’t impose it only because the Catholic Church and all the bleeding hearts would say that only God could kill. But what if there is no God?” said Duterte in a speech in MalacaƱang .
"The death penalty has no place in the 21st century!" United Nations Human Rights
From Reuters:
Pope Francis called for the worldwide abolition of the death penalty, saying the commandment "You shall not kill" was absolute and equally valid for the guilty as for the innocent.
"I appeal to the consciences of those who govern to reach an international consensus to abolish the death penalty," he told tens of thousands of people in St. Peter's Square.
"The commandment "You shall not kill," has absolute value and applies to both the innocent and the guilty," he told the crowd.
The 1.2 billion-member Catholic Church allowed the death penalty in extreme cases for centuries, but the position began to change under the late Pope John Paul, who died in 2005.
The pope added that there was now "a growing opposition to the death penalty even for the legitimate defense of society" because modern means existed to "efficiently repress crime without definitively denying the person who committed it the possibility of rehabilitating themselves."
"All Christians and men of good will are called on to work not only for the abolition of the death penalty, but also to improve prison conditions so that they respect the human dignity of people who have been deprived of their freedom," he said.
In the past, the pope also denounced life imprisonment, calling it "a hidden death penalty" and saying that more should be done to try to rehabilitate even the most hardened of criminals.
Senator Pacquaio:"Even Jesus was sentenced to death!"
"And then sa Panginoon, biblically, binibigyan ng Panginoon ng karapatan ang government to use capital punishment. Even Jesus Christ nga nasentensyahan nang kamatayan dahil ang government nag-impose talaga ng kamatayan," he added, referring to Pontius Pilate, the governor who ordered the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
(And then with God, biblically, God allows governments to use capital punishment. Even Jesus Christ was sentenced to death because the government imposed the rule then.)
From Philippine Star
MANILA, Philippines - Stiff resistance put up by pro-life lawmakers failed to stop the House of Representatives from approving on second reading last night the measure restoring the death penalty, but only for drug offenses.
The approval of a controversial measure pushed by President Duterte came after the chamber agreed to drop plunder, among other crimes, from the list of offenses that will warrant capital punishment.
Approval on third reading of a House measure is a formality.
Support in the Senate for the revival of capital punishment is less certain.
Rep. Edcel Lagman's Views on Capital Punishment
1. The reimposition of the death penalty will not solve criminality, including the drug menace. Solving the incidence of crime is a multi-dimensional process which ranges from sustained poverty alleviation to much-needed police, prosecutorial and judicial reforms. The severest penalty is not the antidote to criminality.
2. Pronounced social injustice, crippling poverty, and utter absence of quality of life among the disadvantaged and marginalized sectors are among the root causes of criminality. The data are irrefutable that it is in the poorest of regions and countries where the incidence of criminality is highest. We should address with utmost priority the critical causes of criminality, not only its manifestation
3. The death penalty desecrates the right to life, which is sacrosanct and inviolable, and it is an affront to human dignity. Pope Francis instructs in his message to the 6th World Congress Against the Death Penalty in Oslo, Norway last year in 2016 that the “inviolability of life extends to the criminal.” No amount of out-of-context invocation of the Bible will diminish the Pope’s steadfast opposition to the death penalty. More than anybody else, Pope Francis is the final authority on the interpretation of the Bible. In this case, we cannot literally be more popish than the pope.

From Inquirer:
"House reduced into chamber of bullies, puppets"
Opposition lawmaker Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman on Thursday slammed his colleagues in the House of Representatives for railroading the death penalty bill.
In a statement, he said the lower house has devolved into a chamber of bullies and puppets with the leadership closing the period of debates and amendments in a bid to railroad the bill.
“The precipitate termination of the period of individual amendments, like the premature closure of the debates, has led to the mutation of the House into a parliament of bullies and puppets,” Lagman said.
Lagman made the reaction after the lower house on Wednesday night approved on second reading by voice voting House Bill 4727 seeking to restore the capital punishment.
Lagman scored the House leaders as “arrogant” for muzzling the lawmakers opposing the death penalty.
“The arrogance of the House leaders in depriving the oppositors of the death penalty bill of their freedom of expression and right to debate is unprecedented in the history of the House,” Lagman said.
Lagman also chided members of the supermajority of succumbing to the pressures of the leadership, making the chamber a rubber stamp of the administration typical of the martial law regime.
“The lack of will and courage of most members of the supermajority to defy the pressure and threats of the House leadership is reminiscent of the rubber stamp Batasan Pambansa during the martial law regime,” Lagman said.

Imee backs Duterte on death penalty
From Manila Times
Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos has expressed full support to President Rodrigo Duterte’s plans to reimpose death penalty.
Marcos said the province will be in total compliance in the event the death penalty is reimposed against criminals, especially those involved in illegal drugs, which is also her battle.
“We have to protect the rights of the citizenry—the youth and the victims of drug pushers and syndicates by ensuring their security against prevalent crimes,” Marcos said.
From Philippine Star
Vice President Leni Robredo and Catholic bishops should not tell the House of Representatives what it should do with the bill reimposing the death penalty, Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez said yesterday.
Among the religious groups in the Philippines, he said only the Catholic Church interferes with the government.
“They should not meddle with us. Why should they tell me how to do my job? They should first run for Congress,” Alvarez said, referring to Robredo’s and retired bishop Oscar Cruz’s call for him to allow a conscience vote on the death penalty bill and not threaten House leaders with replacement if they do not support the measure. “She should give up the vice presidency, run again in her district and aspire for the speakership. If she is elected speaker, she can run the House the way she wants to. I will not meddle with her. In the meantime, she should not meddle with us,” Alvarez said.
He reiterated that the super majority coalition he heads would replace deputy speakers and committee chairmen who will not vote for the death penalty bill.
“We laid down a policy and our members have to abide by it. We have to help President Duterte by approving the legislative measures he is pushing for, like the death penalty bill. If I cannot shepherd the approval of these measures, what I am Speaker for? They might as well replace me,” the Speaker stressed.