MANILA, Philippines – Despite consecutive incidents of heinous crimes in the country, President Benigno Aquino III is still not keen on reimposing the death penalty, a Malacañang spokesperson said on Sunday.
In an interview on radio DZRB, Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said Aquino’s opposition to death penalty has not changed.
“Well, the position of the President always, when it comes to any form of crime, is [that] the effective deterrent of crime would be the knowledge that there will be certainty of punishment,” she said.
“'Yun po 'yung lagi nating pinupunto na bago po mag-isip [ang isang tao] na gumawa ng krimen, ang maiisip po nila ay 'hindi ko na gagawin kasi siguradong mahuhuli ako at makukulong ako,’” Valte added.
Last November, Presidential Spokersperson Edwin Lacierda said efforts to improve the police system are underway to curb crimes, pointing out the increased police visibility on the streets of Metro Manila.
He added that the number of index crimes has gone down except for "petty crimes."
According to Lacierda, Aquino also continues to have confidence in Philippine National Police, while citing continuing efforts to improve the police.
Meanwhile, Valte said they have yet to discuss with the President the various proposals to impose a total gun ban in the country.
"Kahit sabihin pong 'total gun ban' meron po kasing gradations in the proposals when it comes to the total gun ban. Essentially, we will have to look at all of these and then discuss it with the President," she said, noting that there is pending legislation on the issue in the Lower House.
"Some have been filed, I forgot the proper term for it, but some have already been supported also by non-governmental organizations. But everything will just have to be discussed with the President," she said.