PDEA “strongly” sup­ports death penalty

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PHILIP­PINE Drug En­force­ment Agency (PDEA) Di­rec­tor Aaron Aquino ex­pressed sup­port for the restora­tion of the death penalty, say­ing that big time drug ped­dlers de­serve it.

Aquino said al­lowe­ing death penalty in the coun­try’s jus­tice sys­tem will serve as strong de­ter­rent against crimes re­lated to il­le­gal drugs.

“For­eign and lo­cal drug of­fend­ers, es­pe­cially drug pro­tec­tors and cod­dlers who were found guilty of man­u­fac­tur­ing, traf­fick­ing, and push­ing of danger­ous drugs, war­rant the cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment,” he said.

“Of­fend­ers of heinous crimes fu­eled by il­le­gal drugs, like rape, also de­serve the state-sanc­tioned ex­e­cu­tion,” Aquino added.

Aquino said hav­ing death penalty does not only adress the coun­try’s drug prob­lem but also the con­cern on over­rcrowd­ing in jails.

He said sev­eral con­victed drug lords are still in­volved in the il­le­gal drug trade and con­tinue to com­mu­ni­cate with the out­side world while in prison.

“Il­le­gal drugs, crim­i­nal­ity and cor­rup­tion are so­cial men­aces that go hand in hand. Get rid of one prob­lem, the other two can no longer sur­vive,” Aquino said.

“If you have done some­thing evil, you have to pay. We are not pro­mot­ing a cy­cle of vi­o­lence. How­ever, it is morally jus­ti­fied in im­pos­ing death penalty to peo­ple who seek to de­stroy the lives of the Filipinos, most es­pe­cially our youth,” he added.

In his fourth State of the Na­tion Ad­dress, Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte re­newed his call for the restora­tion of the death penalty par­tic­u­larly for HEIPHILIPP­INE nous crimes caused by il­le­gal drugs, and plun­der.

He said the drug prob­lem will not be solved un­less cor­rup­tion is elim­i­nated.

The death penalty was abol­ished in 2006 dur­ing the ad­min­is­tra­tion of then Pres­i­dent Glo­ria Ma­ca­pa­gal-ar­royo./ Sun­star Philip­pines

PNA PHOTO

DEATH PENALTY FOR DRUG TRAF­FICK­ERS. Se­na­tor Fran­cis To­lentino, chair­man of the Se­nate Com­mit­tee on Lo­cal Govern­ment, con­ducts his first press con­fer­ence at the Se­nate in Pasay City on Wed­nes­day (July 24, 2019). To­lentino is sup­port­ing the reim­po­si­tion of death penalty par­tic­u­larly for drug traf­fick­ers.

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