Aquino not keen on death penalty

by Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 12 2012 05:35 PM | Updated as of Nov 13 2012 10:00 AM

MANILA, Philippines - President Benigno Aquino is not keen on supporting proposals to reimpose the death penalty despite recent incidents of heinous crimes, Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said Monday.

Lacierda said there is a need instead to improve the judicial system as current loopholes in the judicial system may result in an innocent man being given the death penalty.
He said this has been the President's position even during the campaign and the Church did not influence him to keep this position.
"You might see an innocent man suffering the death penalty. And so the position taken by the President is that we have to improve the judicial system; hence, the President is not inclined to revive the death penalty," Lacierda said.
Efforts to improve the police system are underway to curb crimes, he said, pointing out the increased police visibility on the streets of Metro Manila.

The number of index crimes, he said, has gone down except for "petty crimes."
Aquino also continues to have confidence in Philippine National Police chief Nicanor Bartolome, while citing continuing efforts to improve the police.
"We are continuing our promise to the Filipino public that we will continue to improve peace and order. It is always a work in progress and the statistics will show that the index crimes have gone down," he said.