Dela Rosa: Why search for proof that death penalty deters crime?

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 08 2019 09:46 AM | Updated as of Jul 08 2019 10:01 AM

Newly elected senator Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa speaks to the members of the media during a press conference at the Philippine Senate Building in Pasay City on July 04, 2019. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA- Senator Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa took a swipe at critics of his bid for the revival of capital punishment Monday, saying searching for proof that it deters crime would lead the country nowhere.

Dela Rosa, a former police chief, said his push for the revival of death penalty is not based on scientific research but rather on personal experience.

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"Sige lang sila proof. Proof nang proof, wala nang mangyayari dito sa ating bansa kung sige lang tayo," he said in an interview on ANC's "Headstart."

(If they keep on searching for proof, nothing will happen to our country.)

"Nagpapa-research pa ako. Once I have made the research, ipapakita ko sa kanila ang diperensiya. Hindi ito scientific research...Ang aking basehan ay personal experience," he said, noting his stint as corrections chief.

(My order for a research is still ongoing. Once I have made the research, I will show them the difference. This is not scientific research. My basis is personal experience.)

The neophyte lawmaker recalled that during his time as head of the Bureau of Corrections, convicted drug lords were even the ones who called for the revival of death penalty.

"Coming from them talaga...'ang pinakasolusyon talaga diyan sir, bitay talaga,'" Dela Rosa said quoting a supposed Chinese drug lord.

(They told me that the solution is to hang drug lords.)

The death penalty bill has faced strong opposition from senators of the 17th Congress. The House of Representatives, however, passed the proposed measure.

President Rodrigo Duterte has been hoping to reinstate the death penalty in the Philippines, where nearly 80 percent of its population is made up of Catholics, as he wages his war on illegal drugs and pursues an anti-crime campaign.