Grace Poe against death penalty without judiciary reforms

Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 31 2019 04:29 PM | Updated as of Jul 31 2019 05:00 PM

MANILA -- Senator Grace Poe said Wednesday she could not support the death penalty unless the country’s justice system is fixed.

"Ang problema ko sa death penalty, ang ating hudikatura, ‘yung judicial system natin overburdened," Poe told dzMM.

(My problem with the death penalty is that our justice system is overburdened.)

"So unless maayos natin ang judicial system natin, hindi po ako papayag yata—ako personal—mukhang hindi ko masusuportahan ang death penalty sa ngayon," she said.

(So unless our justice system is fixed, I will not support death penalty.)

President Rodrigo Duterte in his fourth State of the Nation Address asked Congress to reinstate the capital punishment for heinous crimes related to drugs and corruption.

Duterte’s allies, Senators Ronald Dela Rosa and Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go have filed their respective bills seeking to reimpose the death penalty.

Dela Rosa said he expected lighter opposition to his proposal as he was only pushing for the reinstatement of death penalty for high-level drug trafficking.

Go wants plunder to be included in the list of crimes punishable by death.

Sen. Panfilo Lacson is seeking death penalty for a slew of crimes including illegal drugs, qualified piracy, qualified bribery, parricide, murder, rape, kidnapping and serious illegal detention, destructive arson, plunder, terrorism, human trafficking, and arms smuggling.

Senate President Vicente Sotto III had said the chance of reviving the death penalty was higher under the 18th Congress as long as it would be imposed on “high-level” drug traffickers.