PNP chief prefers death penalty by lethal injection

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 25 2019 11:05 AM

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MANILA - The chief of the Philippine National Police prefers lethal injection as a civilized way to carry out capital punishment.

"That depends on what the law will say. We are civilized people here so probably lethal injection would suffice," PNP chief Oscar Albayalde said.

The death penalty issue has been making headlines after President Rodrigo Duterte called on lawmakers for its reimposition during his State of the Nation Address.

Several lawmakers have added their take on the means by which the death penalty would be carried.

Sen. Ronald Dela Rosa proposed death by firing squad which Sen. Panfilo Lacson said was too brutal. Lacson is also for lethal injection.

Albayalde said they support the death penalty for heinous crimes and terrorism. "Probably the death penalty will be a good deterrent to these drug peddlers or financiers," he said.

Other possible grounds for the death penalty, he said, include maintaining drug dens and laboratories, and heinous crimes likes murder and rape of minors.

Albayalde denied allegations that the police is not focusing on big-time drug traffickers.

"That's not totally true because of the more than 7,000 listed high value targets in the Philippine National Police when we started the war against drugs we have neutralized-- some were killed in police operations--or arrested a total of more than 5000 already high value targets," he said.

He cited the cases of Parojinog and the Espinosas as some of the big fish that were neutralized.

On the case of Peter Lim, Albayalde said a team is working on tracking him down and arrest him.

He said the PNP is also doing internal cleansing. "We dismissed already about 422 of our people for being involved in illegal drugs. This is over and above on the number of 2400 for various offenses like extortion, murder, kidnapping and other offenses. We have suspended more than 4000 of our people," he said.