A lawmaker on Friday expressed doubts that the re-imposition of the death penalty could work as a deterrent to the rising crime incidents in Metro Manila and other parts of the country and argued instead the government should come up with the way that would speed up the course of justice.
Senator Gregorio Honasan was reacting to the calls issued by some groups asking the government to re-impose the death penalty following the spate of crime incidents involving children and daring robbery incidents.
“For me it is not the severity of the penalty but the speedy implementation of justice,” Honasan said in a telephone interview.
Calls to re-impose the death penalty, which was scrapped by the previous administration, were raised with the recent spate of heinous as well as daring crimes believed to have stemmed from poor performance of the police and the justice system.
The Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) said that the worsening peace and order situation in the country is expected because of the lack of focus of the Aquino administration.
(source: the Manilla Timse)