Sotto: Death penalty is 'sword of God'

by Rose Carmelle Lacuata,

Posted at Feb 19 2014 11:16 PM | Updated as of Feb 20 2014 10:22 PM

MANILA -- Senator Vicente "Tito" Sotto III has expressed support for the revival of the death penalty, saying that it should function as a "sword of God" against drug trafficking in the country.

In an interview on "Aquino and Abunda" on Wednesday, Sotto explained why he wants the death penalty to be revived.

"I am pro-life. Pro-life for the unborn, pro-life for the Filipino family, pro-life for the victims and would-be victims of heinous crimes, but I am not pro-life for heinous criminals."

He further explained that the revival of the death penalty in the country can curb drug trafficking in the country, and stopping it from becoming a "playground" of big drug cartels in Asia.

"Si Lim Seng, nung na-firing squad, 10 taon walang drug trafficking sa Pilipinas."

Sotto agrees that taking the life of another person should not be the responsibility of the state, but the death penalty should be included in the law as a defense mechanism of the state.

"Drug cartels don't want to do it in Singapore, papatayin sila eh, may death penalty. Sa China, may death penalty, sa Malaysia, hindi pwede, may death penalty din. Sa Pilipinas, they will be pampered. Kailangan takutin natin sila na hindi niyo kami pwedeng gawing playground."

When asked of his opinion on legalizing marijuana, Sotto stood his ground, saying that it shouldn't be legalized as it has no good effects.

"Ang haba ng listahan ng bad effects ng marijuana. Every year, may nagpepetition sa United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs for marijuana to be legal. They have a huge research mechanism, but they can't find it (good effects)."

He also explained that marijuana contains tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) which can cause schizoprenia, violence, hallucinations, delusions, and anxiety, among others.

"Parang yung nuclear bomb, gagawin mo bang ligal yun kasi yung small component nun eh maiilawan ang bahay mo?"

Meanwhile, Sotto explained the reason why online libel has a heavier punishment compared to libel.

"Kapag libel, sa Pilipinas lang. Mas mataas ang parusa kasi ang online libel, worldwide. Kapag may sinabi kang kasinungalingan, may malisya, kung anu-anong kasinungalingan, kung ano-anong litrato, makakarating iyun hanggang sa Germany," he added.

He said people they have nothing to fear, as most of the crimes included in the Anti-Cybercrime Act are already included in the Revised Penal Code, and in effect, have long been illegal.

"Mas concentrated sila sa inuupload sa YouTube, yung mga babaeng nakahubad, yung naninira, sinasabing ganito ka, ganoon ka."