By Mortz C. Ortigoza
“Pin-head o mahina rin ang utak nitong senator na ito,” this what I quipped after I read the Face Book’s post on the proposed death penalty bill of Senator Risa Hontiveros published by Politics.com.ph.
Hontiveros assailed the proposed death penalty passed by the House of Representatives that she and her Liberal Party’s colleague wanted to torpedo after it reached at the Senate.
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“Death penalty is a cruel, inhumane and degrading punishment, which has a disproportionate impact on the poor and little guarantee that innocent people, would not be sentenced to death,” Hontiveros wrote and was quoted by the Liberal Party’s friendly website.
In that article, Politics.com.ph posted a poster of national hero Dr. Jose Rizal and the three activist priests Fathers Mariano Gomez, José Burgos, and Jacinto Zamora, called as Gomburza for brevity by Filipinos, who were victims of death penalty by quoting Hontiveros’ comment “simply for standing up for equal rights, freedom and democracy.”
The website titled its paraphrase of Hontiveros Face Book’s post as: “Paano kung inosente? Risa Hontiveros opposes ‘cruel’ death penalty”.
My reaction: How could those convicted felons killed by a firing squad, lethal injection, electric chair, guillotine, or by the noose that needs only somebody to kick the stool where the convicted criminal stands, according to another “intellectual giant” Senator Manny Pacquiao, so this forsaken, soft, and criminal friendly country could save for electricity when the poor convict would be given due process and free lawyer from the Public Attorney’s Office or PAO and after his conviction by the Regional Trial Court (RTC) his case would have an automatic review by the Supreme Court?
Death Penalty is justifiable than the government’s gauntlet hand policy on “shooting it out with the suspected hard core criminals” at a drop of a hat or arbitrarily extra judicially killing them.
We should get rid of this kind of death as it already reached the 6,000 mark after President Rodrigo Duterte assumed office middle of last year.
Let’s legalized execution by creating more RTCs so death would have due process.
How Jose Rizal and GomBurZa became victims because they stood “simply for standing up for equal rights, freedom and democracy” as espoused by Hontiveros, could not get my comprehension.
What kind of logic is that Politics.com.ph and Senator Hontiveros?
Dangerous drug lords whose products turned a human being into a monster like being a robber, kidnapper, or rapist who mercilessly killed their victim did not stand for equal rights, freedom, and democracy.