Presumptive president Rodrigo Duterte clarified that his plans of reviving the death penalty is actually intended to serve immediate justice for victims and not to deter criminals from committing crime like previously thought.
“Iyong death penalty to me is the retribution [for the victim and the family]. Magbayad ka sa ginawa mo sa buhay na ito,” he said.
“Hindi iyan to deter. Whether you like to commit a crime or not, that’s not my business,” he added.
Duterte also said death penalty with any of the two intentions is comparable to two sides of a coin. “The death penalty might be a deterrence to prevent or matakot siya to commit a crime but that is one school of thought. The other school of thought is iyang death penalty hindi iyan pantakot,” he stated.
During the campaign period, Duterte vowed to bring back the death penalty by hanging as part of his platform to end crime within six months.
Both the Catholic Church and the Commission on Human Rights opposed this, saying that all human life must be respected.
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