Guevarra backs Duterte’s call to restore death penalty

By Jeffrey Damicog

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra Tuesday expressed support to President Duterte’s call to Congress to bring back the death penalty.

Senior Deputy Executive Secretary Menardo Guevarra announces during a press briefing in Malacañang that the matter concerning the closure of the resorts in Boracay is currently one of the top priorities that are being discussed by the cabinet citing that it would not only concern the environmental aspect of the issue but the economic impact as well. (TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra (TOTO LOZANO / PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

“As secretary of justice, I believe that the imposition of the death penalty may somehow deter the commission of serious crimes,” Guevarra told reporters.

The Secretary explained, “ordinary human behavior indicates that the fear of being put to death for the commission of a crime will naturally prompt a criminally minded person to think twice.”

Meanwhile, Guevarra cited “the constitution grants the congress the authority to impose the death penalty for compelling reasons involving heinous crimes.”

“It is therefore up to the congress to determine the parameters of what constitutes a heinous crime,” he stated.

During his State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday, Duterte appealed to Congress to restore the death penalty to curb illegal drugs and corruption in government.

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Duterte made the call as he expressed dismay that since he became President in 2016 illegal drugs and corruption remains to be problems in the country.

“It has been three years since I took my oath of office and it pains me to say that we have not learned our lesson,” he stated during the SONA.

“The illegal drug problem persists, corruption continues and emasculates the courage we need to sustain our moral recovery initiatives,” the President lamented.

Duterte reminded that illegal drugs money funded the Marawi siege where 175 soldiers and policemen were killed and 2,001 others wounded.

 
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