8 December 2016
It is deeply concerning how the proposed bill to reinstate death penalty in the country easily passed the House Committee level.
It seems the committee rushed the approval of the bill to accommodate the wishes of the president.
We question why the House Committee on Justice approved the bill even though its proponents failed to show sufficient evidence and studies to support how the death penalty is deterrent to crimes. They also failed to sufficiently answer questions of those who oppose the bill.
In addition, the members of the House Committee on Justice may have forgotten that the Philippines is a signatory of the Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights that prevents our country from bringing back the death penalty.
We are hopeful that this will not happen in the plenary of Congress.
We believe that the spirit of democracy will still prevail in the legislative.
That in the crafting and approval of laws, the welfare of the majority will prevail over the orders and wishes of one person.
We already tried and saw that death penalty is not effective.
So why are we trying to revive death penalty?