Death Penalty Law for Revival?

After the death of 16-year-old Christine Silawan in Lapu-Lapu City, there have been talks about reviving the death penalty law. The crime has been one of the most gruesome cases of rape where the victim’s face was skinned and some of her insides were hurled out. Though the police have already identified suspects, they are yet to give more details about the case.

Since the demise, the hashtag #YesToDeathPenalty has been trending on Twitter as solidarity to get the suspect and punish him for the horrendous crime.

President Rodrigo Duterte has been vocal about wanting to revive the death penalty law and the House of Representatives approved the revival of the bill on the third and final reading. As of the moment, the bill is still pending in the Senate as many are still against capital punishment.

In 1987, the Philippines was the first country to abolish the death penalty; but it was reinstated in 1993 during the Ramos administration. In 2006, it was again abolished during the presidency of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

When the news broke out about the possible revival of the death penalty, Gabriela was quick to give their statement saying, “We strongly condemn this monstrous act as we join calls for a thorough investigation so that justice may be attained. We are, however, wary that this death is now being used to push for the reimposition of the death penalty.”
Do you think that the death penalty should be revived? Why or why not?

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