By Leslie Ann Aquino
An official of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines Episcopal Commission on Prison Pastoral Care on Thursday condemned the brutal killing of 16-year-old girl Christine Silawan in Lapu-Lapu City Cebu.
Rodolfo Diamante, executive secretary of the CBCP ECCPC, said whoever is behind the “dastardly act” should be apprehended, convicted and jailed.
“We condemned these acts and ask our government to apprehend, convict and jail the people behind this dastardly act,” he said in an interview.
“It is indeed sad that killings are happening almost every day,” added Diamante.
However, he said reviving death penalty will not solve the killings.
“Out of frustrations our people are now reviving the imposition of a penalty that is not only revengeful but will not also solve the problem,” Diamante said.
“Death will never be an answer to the killings going on in the country,” he added.
“Let us work for justice that will affirm and enhance life,” said Diamante.
The Catholic Church is against death penalty.
Silawan’s body was discovered in a vacant lot Sunday. She suffered multiple stab wounds while her face was skinned.
Due to the incident, the call for death penalty revival resurfaced.