Amnesty to Duterte: Reconsider plan to restore death penalty

Adrian Ayalin, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 10 2016 04:15 PM

Amnesty to Duterte: Reconsider plan to restore death penalty 1
President-elect Rodrigo Duterte. ABS-CBN News

MANILA - Amnesty International Philippines is asking President-elect Rodrigo Duterte to reconsider his plan of restoring the death penalty in the country.

"Hindi sagot ang death penalty, either by lethal injection or public hanging," said AI Philippines Chairperson Ritzlee Santos III.

Duterte earlier said that for the death penalty to be effective, those sentenced with capital punishment should be publicly executed through hanging instead of lethal injection.

READ: Duterte favors hanging, not lethal injection

Santos said there are no studies that prove that capital punishment is a deterrent to crime even in developed countries such as the US and Canada.

"Comparing states with death penalty and without, walang substantial difference," the AI official said.

Even if Duterte has apparently gained more than enough support from incoming congressmen and senators, AI Philippines is hoping Duterte will change his mind.

"Nananawagan kami kay Mayor Duterte to reconsider," said Santos.

Meantime, Santos asked incoming police chief C/Supt. Ronald Dela Rosa to allow the rule of law to prevail in his actions against erring policemen. "Sa kasalukuyang meron tayong proseso at sana rule of law, hindi rule of man," the official said.