Capital punishment under ‘inadequate’ justice system is death warrant for the poor - Drilon

Capital punishment under ‘inadequate’ justice system is death warrant for the poor - Drilon

Former Senate President Franklin Drilon has already made it public that the minority although outnumbered and all belonging to the once all powerful Liberal Party will be doing everything they can just to stop the move making death penalty as capital punishment in the country.

Drilon likens the restoration of death penalty under what he said was an inadequate justice system was tantamount to signing a death warrant for the country’s poor.

Several senators has already voiced out their commitment of support that would give flesh to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s conviction that one solution to criminality was for government to execute criminals.

Senate Minority Floor Leader Franklin Drilon (photo credit to owner)

The current Minority floor leader, Drilon said that the heavily outnumbered opposition bloc  “will never allow the 18th Congress to give license to authorities to kill the poor.”

“We strongly and unequivocally oppose the reimposition of death penalty. We are prepared to fight it all the way,” Drilon said.

He acknowledges that in the Senate it’s the numbers game, but still laments “it will be a tough fight” even if the numbers are in favor of the President.

“It has been proven time and again that capital punishment is not an effective deterrent to crimes. Only the poor will be made victim of this measure,” he said.

Aside from Drilon, Senators Francis Pangilinan, Risa Hontiveros and Leila De Lima are also against the measure.

Drilon also banks on a SWS survey in 2018 that shows 7 out of 19 Filipinos were not in favor of death penalty.

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