Locsin on death penalty: It doesn’t work, it only degrades society


Posted at Jul 10 2019 04:21 AM

MANILA—Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. on Tuesday thumbed down calls to reinstate capital punishment in the Philippines.

"I'm against the death penalty. Doesn't work; just creates an illusion of severity criminals see through easily. Scares nobody," he wrote on Twitter.

Locsin was reacting to measures filed in the Senate, which seek to reimpose death penalty.

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As a few senators work to legislate capital punishment, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. believes the death penalty will not work the way lawmakers imagine it would. Emmanuel Dunand, AFP

"It just degrades society by making everyone complicit in a capital error of miscarried justice. EJK (extra-judicial killing) is a crime of the cop; judicial killing is our crime," he said.

Senators Panfilo "Ping" Lacson and Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa, who have previously led the Philippine National Police (PNP), have filed separate bills reviving death penalty.

Lacson prefers lethal injection as means for carrying out the capital punishment, while Dela Rosa proposes death penalty by firing squad.

Lacson seeks the death penalty for a slew of crimes including illegal drug crimes, qualified piracy, qualified bribery, parricide, murder, rape, kidnapping and serious illegal detention, destructive arson, plunder, terrorism, human trafficking and arms smuggling.

Meanwhile, Dela Rosa’s bill imposes death as maximum penalty only for the importation and manufacture of illegal drugs and its precursors.