International conference sa pagbuwag ng death penalty, isasagawa sa Pilipinas sa Oct. 27-28

admin   •   October 24, 2014   •   5405

Sina DOJ Sec. Leila De Lima, USec. Francisco Baraan III kasama sina Leonardo Tranggono ng Comunita di Sant’Egidio, USA (International) at Italian Ambassador Massimo Roscigno sa pagsusulong ng isasagawang international conference sa pagbuwag ng death penalty. (UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines – Sa modernong panahon na ating ginagalawan, itinuturing na isang kalupitan ang pagpapataw ng death penalty o parusang kamatayan.

Kaya naman maraming mga bansa na ang nagsusulong sa pagbuwag ng parusang ito kahit sa mga nakakagawa ng mabibigat na krimen.

Aktibo sa adbokasiyang ito ang Pilipinas na nangunguna sa buong Asya.

Kaya ang Pilipinas ang napiling manguna sa taunang komperensiya sa pagsusulong ng abolition ng death penalty.

“The Ph is considered as the leading country in Asia in terms of advocating for the abolition of death penalty. Alam niyo naman po na may batas tayo, RA 9346, signed into law on June 24, 2006 na in abolish po ang capital punishment,” pahayag ni Justice Secretary Leila De Lima.

Nitong nakalipas na taon, 114 na mga bansang kasapi ng United Nations (UN) ang sumang-ayon sa moratorium o pagtigil ng pagpapatupad ng death penalty, habang 58 mga bansa pa ang nagpapatupad ng parusang kamatayan at ang karamihan ng mga ito ay nasa Asya.

“Why in Asia? Because we know that most of the country maintain the capital punishment especially in Asia, that’s why we would like to do the meeting here in Asia,” paliwanag ni Leonardo Tranggono, International Relations of Communita Di’ Sant’Egidio.

Pinuri naman ng ambassador ng Italya ang Pilipinas dahil sa pagtanggap nito sa hamon na ituloy ang panawagan sa pag-alis ng parusang kamatayan.

“I want to congratulate the Philippine government for deciding to host this very important, meaningful conference that really puts the Philippine in high moral ground in support of this very important battle against death penalty that we consider barbaric and out of step in this modern times,” saad ni Ambassador Massimo Roscigno.

Isasagawa ang international conference sa isang hotel sa Mandaluyong City sa darating na Lunes at Martes.

Ito ang kauna-unahang pagkakataon na isasagawa ang taunang kumperensiya sa labas ng Italya sa nakalipas na walong taon.

Inaasahang dadaluhan ito ng labing-apat na mga bansa sa Asya. (Roderic Mendoza / Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

Bato, Pacquiao support reimposition of death penalty for heinous crimes

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 30, 2020

Senators Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa and Manny Pacquiao reiterated their support for the reimposition of death penalty for heinous crimes.

During Senate’s regular session on Wednesday (July 29), Pacquiao said reinstating death penalty in the country will not be illegal in the eyes of God.

The Senator previously filed a bill that would impose death penalty on heinous crimes which include manufacturing and trafficking dangerous drugs.

Hindi po labag sa mata ng gobyerno, sa mata ng Panginoon. Dahil biblically po, allowed po ang gobyerno (It is not illegal in the eyes of the government, in the eyes of the Lord. Because, biblically, the government is allowed to do so) the authority, which is established by God to impose heinous crimes especially death penalty,” Pacquiao said.

Meanwhile, during his privilege speech, Dela Rosa reiterated that reimposing death penalty would be the solution in stopping drug lords and the continuing drug activities inside detention facilities.

The Senator also noted that crime rate has dropped when death penalty was imposed in 1993. He also said that the drug problem is also considered as a global pandemic which should also be prioritized.

“It is also considered a global pandemic itong drug problem. So, hindi naman siguro ibig sabihin na porke tayo may kinakaharap na global pandemic na COVID-19, hihinto na lang tayo sa paggawa ng ibang batas para sa ibang mga issues na kinakaharap ng ating lipunan (This drug problem is also considered as a global pandemic. Just because we are facing the COVID-19 pandemic does not mean we would stop making laws for other issues faced by society),” he said.

Dela Rosa was appointed as a member of a Senate panel under the Senate Committee on Justice and Human Rights after Senator Sherwin Gatchalian relinquished his seat.

The said Senate panel will vote on bills including the reimposition of death penalty in the country. However, panel chairman Senator Richard Gordon said the bill should be discussed at the proper time.

“I will not sponsor it because I do not believe in it. We will take it up at the proper time,” he said. AAC (with reports from Harlene Delgado)

Japan executes man sentenced to death over four murders

UNTV News   •   December 26, 2019

Then Japanese Declining Birthrate, Gender Equality, Consumer Affairs and Food Safety Minister Masako Mori speaks during an official news conference at the prime minister’s official residence in Tokyo, Japan, 27 December, 2012 after being attested by Emperor Akihito. EPA-EFE FILE/KIMIMASA MAYAMA

TOKYO, JAPAN – An inmate convicted and sentenced to death in Japan over the murder of four people was executed on Thursday, the country’s justice ministry said.

In a press conference, Justice Minister Masako Mori announced the execution of Wei Wei, a Chinese national aged 40.

His death sentence was handed out in 2005 but finalized after an appeal on Nov. 10, 2011 for the murders carried out in June 2003 in the southwestern city of Fukuoka.

The four victims, members of the same family including two children, were allegedly killed by being thrown in the sea tied to weights.

The execution was ordered by Mori on Monday and carried out on Thursday in the city of Fukuoka.

In the press conference, Mori called Wei’s case “extremely savage and cruel,” recalling that the victims included a boy aged 11 and a girl aged 8, along with their parents.

She said that the decision to give the death penalty in the case had been “well-examined” during the trial.

Wei Wei was the first person to be executed in Japan since Aug. 2, also marking the 39th execution during the uninterrupted reign of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe since 2012.

Abe had also served as prime minister for a short duration between 2006 and 2007.

This was also the first execution since Mori was appointed minister of justice on Oct. 31.

On Aug. 2, two inmates who were sentenced to death over separate charges of the rape and murder of women were hanged.

A total of 15 death-row inmates were executed in 2018, including Shoko Asahara, the founder of the Aum Shinrikyo doomsday cult that carried out a deadly Sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway in 1995.

Another 12 members of the cult were also executed, and in December 2018, two death-row inmates who were convicted over the murder of a company president and one of the firm’s employees in 1988 were hanged.

Japan is the only industrialized and democratic nation apart from the United States that carries out capital punishment, and death-row inmates are kept in solitary confinement and informed about their execution just hours before they are hanged.

The Asian country currently has 112 convicts on death row. EFE-EPA

Law enforcers seek revival of death penalty after P2-B drug bust in Makati, Las Piñas

Marje Pelayo   •   November 28, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Authorities have had enough of the illegal drug menace in the Philippines.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) and other law enforcement agencies are again pushing for the revival of death penalty as drug syndicates seem to have grown even fearless of the country’s law against illegal drugs.

The PNP Drug Enforcement Group recently seized P2-billion worth or 371 packets 1 shabu in Makati City.

Another drug buy bust operation in Las Piñas City yielded at least 17 kilograms of suspected shabu.

PDEG Commander Romeo Caramat Jr. said the Chinese national arrested in Makati on Wednesday (November 27) identified as Liu Shao allegedly served as warehouse-keeper of drug syndicates in the Philippines while those two suspects arrested in Las Piñas were his courier, in addition to two others arrested on November 6.

“If you will ask me kung nasaktan ang drug syndicate sa pagkakahuli kay Liu Shao, definitely kasi it will take time para makahanap muli ng isang trusted man na bodegero, (If you will ask me if drug syndicates were impacted by the arrest of Liu Shao, well definitely, because it will take them time to look for another trusted keeper of their warehouses),” Caramat said.

Because drug syndicates appear to be unfazed, the PNP together with the Philippines Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) calls on lawmakers to expedite the reinstatement of drug penalty.

DDB Chairperson Secretary Catalino Cuy said he favors the imposition of death penalty for drug trafficking while PDEA Deputy Director Gen. Gregorio Pimentel noted that drug personalities do not stop even after they leave detention. So, for their operations to end, death penalty is needed.

“Everybody ends up in New Bilibid Prisons. Doon nai-enhance pa nila ang organized network nila to traffic illegal drugs (Inside (NBP), they are enhancing their organized network to traffic illegal drugs,)” Pimentel said.

“So we give them a chance to reunite and reconnect with other drug personalities and if they get out that will be a bigger problem so I am in favor for the death penalty,” he added.

PNP OIC Police Lt. Gen. Archie Gamboa, meanwhile, argued that drug suspects themselves confess that the reason why they do business in the Philippines is because of the absence of death penalty.

“Coming from the accused and the suspects themselves, based on interrogation, why are you doing this here in the Philippines? Because there’s no death penalty. That’s the simple (reason),” Gamboa noted.

Gamboa confirmed that the illegal drugs seized yesterday was sourced from outside the country.

Through the re-calibrated anti-illegal drugs campaign of the government, Gamboa said they expect to reduce illegal drugs supply in the country and eventually arrest high value targets the soonest.

“(As I always say), let’s go for the high value target. Let’s go for the bigger catches,” Gamboa concluded. MNP (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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