‘Re­viv­ing death penalty in PH a set­back for Asean’

Manila Times - - FRONT PAGE - LLANESCA T. PANTI

THE revival of cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment will be an em­bar­rass­ment for the Philip­pines and a set­back for the rest of South­east Asia, a num­ber of law­mak­ers from the re­gion said on Wed­nes­day.

Law­mak­ers Kasthuri Patto of Malaysia, Mu Sochua of Cam­bo­dia, and Filipino op­po­si­tion law­mak­ers Ed­cel Lag­man and Tom Vil­larin is­sued the warn­ing in a fo­rum or­ga­nized by the As­so­ci­a­tion of South­east Asian Na­tions (Asean) Par­lia­men­tar­i­ans for Hu­man Rights in Que­zon City.

“It would be a shame if the Asean na­tions [like the Philip­pines] will stand to say we have kept the death penalty. for its peo­ple by up­hold­ing free­dom, jus­tice, equal­ity, democ­racy and right

when it lis­tens to the masses of mis­in­formed pub­lic and sup­ports the mem­ber of the par­lia­ment of Malay - stituency, said in the fo­rum ti­tled: “A Dia­logue on the Death Penalty and

If the Philip­pines re­stores the death penalty, the ef­fort to abol­ish cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment in the re­gion will suf­fer a huge blow, said Assem­bly of Cam­bo­dia rep­re­sent­ing Bat­tam­bang for the op­po­si­tion

“We need a very strong mem­ber state [in Asean] to play that role who cham­pi­ons and pro­tects fun­da­men­tal hu­man rights and the free­dom of our peo­ple. If one - ers. That’s why we are cer­tain that we will de­fend our po­si­tion against

Cam­bo­dia ex­pe­ri­enced state­sanc­tioned geno­cide dur­ing the three mil­lion dead. Among Asean na­tions, only Cam­bo­dia and the Philip­pines have abol­ished the death penalty.

“We have al­ways been in­spired by the Philip­pines. The Peo­ple Power move­ment, the fight for democ­racy, hu­man rights, and we want to con­tinue to put you on a very high po­si­tion. If we are alone -

The women par­lia­men­tar­i­ans then echoed Lag­man’s ear­lier call to his col­leagues to heed their con­sciences in cast­ing their vote on the death penalty mea­sure.

“Life is sa­cred. Our con­science of the peo­ple. Through the years, we in Cam­bo­dia have wit­nessed a lot of atroc­i­ties, Cam­bo­di­ans spon­sored geno­cide is part of it. As mem­bers of the par­lia­ment, we can­not vote for any­thing ac­cord­ing to what is dic­tated by our par­ties. We are elected by our peo­ple to pro­mote hu­man rights and re­spect hu­man life. We are elected by our peo­ple, not ap­pointed by our par

“We should mo­bi­lize the re­gion penalty. Death penalty is not a so­lu­tion to in­jus­tice. If we in­vest in re­form­ing the ju­di­ciary and go­ing af­ter cor­rup­tion from the top level, jus­tice to our peo­ple in the long

Patto said Asean’s non- in­ter­fer­ence pol­icy, which the Duterte ad­min­is­tra­tion has re­peat­edly cit­ing those fac­ing the death penalty for var­i­ous of­fenses in coun­tries

“When an In­done­sian was sen case, the In­done­sian gov­ern­ment pleaded for mercy; to free the In­done­sian from the gal­lows. There be­cause it is so funny that In­done­sia is beg­ging for mercy when In­done­sia is ex­e­cut­ing peo­ple is also what is hap­pen­ing in Malaysia since we have Malaysians Patto said.

“Filipinos are also in death row in In­done­sia. I want to be of help to the Malaysians fac­ing death Malaysia has the death penalty. Author­i­ties there would just tell me, why then is it so easy for you [to ex­e­cute peo­ple in Malaysia and death must come to end at some

have death penalty laws, in­clud­ing Malaysia. Three of the six scal­ing down ex­e­cu­tions in the past two years.

A briefer pro­vided by the Asean Par­lia­men­tar­i­ans for Hu­man pledged to com­mute death sen­tences and re­view the im­po­si­tion of the death penalty on dru­gre­lated of­fenses. It has cho­sen not fol­low­ing a pe­ri­odic re­view at the

Malaysia’s At­tor­ney Gen­eral Mo­hamed Apandi Ali said in No to the cabi­net that death penalty be abol­ished.

Viet­nam ap­proved amend­ments to its crim­i­nal code that re­duced the num­ber of crimes pun­ish­able

Laos, Myan­mar and Brunei have not abol­ished cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment but have not ex­e­cuted any pris­oner

The death penalty was abol­ished in the Philip­pines with the adop

Death Penalty Law, which re­vived cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment.

For­mer Pres­i­dent Glo­ria Ma­ca­pa­gal-Ar­royo abol­ished cap­i­tal the Im­po­si­tion of the Death Penalty in the Philip­pines.

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