Why Death Penalty Should Return
People these days have committed a lot of crimes especially in murdering. In our country, death is famous because our government could not handle the countless murderers. First of all, death penalty is a penalty where in the person is put to death legally because of the crime he did. Death Penalty is not a stranger to the Philippines. The imposition of the death penalty in the country has had a repressive history. For the most part (from 1848 to 1987), it was used to curtail the liberties, freedoms and rights of the Filipino people. In recent history, however, the death penalty was re imposed as a knee-jerk response to what has largely been seen as rising criminality in the country. Some crimes which were made punishable by death through laws and decrees during the Marcos period were subversion, possession of firearms, arson, hijacking, embezzlement, drug-related offenses, illegal fishing and cattle rustling. Jaime Jose, Basilio Pineda, and Edgardo Aquino were executed for the gang rape of movie star Maggie dela Riva in 1972. Despite prohibitions against public executions, the execution of the three was done in full view of the public. Nineteen executions took place during the Pre-Martial Law period. Twelve were executed during Martial Law. The last judicial execution under the Marcos years was in October 1976 when Marcelo San Jose was executed by electrocution. Similar to the reasons for the imposition of capital punishment during the Colonial Periods, the death penalty during the Marcos Regime was imposed to quell rebellion and social unrest. Although Death penalty seems to be a brutal law, our country needs it now. Other laws are not working in limiting the number of deaths. (A timeline of death penalty in the Philippines, 2006) Death penalty should be implemented again here in our country because of the unending killings that are always happening.
People nowadays are taking advantage of their crimes especially in murdering. Arresting as a punishment doesn’t make the people stop their crimes of killing. When murderers get arrested, they will just spend their years in jail. They can also escape when they are in prison. They may also bail out if they have a lot of money. With death penalty, the killer will have no escape.
Death penalty scares all the murderers in our country. Murderers will be threatened by this penalty because they don’t want to experience what they will do on their victims. Killing others will be like killing themselves if they are caught. Killers will somehow be frightened on the consequences that they will face. All murderers in the world don’t like death as a punishment. (Crime and Punishment in the Philippines, 2013)
Death penalty will change the number of Filipinos dying. The number of murderers will lessen because they will understand the consequences that they would face. When the number of murderers lessens, the number of dying Filipinos will lessen as well. People will be very cautious and that will save a huge number of lives. Crimes during Marcos’ time were less than the crimes we have today. Every year, the crimes of our country go up. We are ranked 13th out of 58 countries in terms of crimes. That can be changed if death penalty will be implemented. (Philippine Crime Stat, 2011)
Death penalty will change the Philippines completely. Even though many Filipinos in the past or maybe even today still disagree with this law, it will truly help reduce a lot of crimes. A huge number of killers will be less and that will lead to a small number of Filipinos dying. Justice will be served among those who have lost lives. Murderers in our country must be taught a lesson that is enough and injustice.
A timeline of death penalty in the Philippines. (2006, April 26). Retrieved November 17, 2014, from THE PCIJ BLOG: http://pcij.org/blog/2006/04/18/a-timeline-of-death-penalty-in-the-philippines
Crime and Punishment in the Philippines. (2013, January 7). Retrieved November 14, 2014, from New Philippine Revolution: http://www.newphilrevolution.com/2013/01/crime-and-punishment-in- philippines.html
Philippine Crime Stat. (2011). Retrieved November 17, 2014, from Nation Master: http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/profiles/Philippines/Crime