Duterte: Death penalty is retribution

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – President-elect Rodrigo Duterte blasted critics of the death penalty on Wednesday, June 22.

Speaking at the oath-taking of his friend, Senator Manny Pacquiao, Duterte said detractors of the death penalty only see one side of the issue.

These critics, he said, see the death penalty as a futile deterrence mechanism because crime rates continue to rise even in places that impose it.

Duterte called this a "fractured statement."

"Sabi nila, 'yung death penalty, it’s a deterrence, para madiscourage ang tao mag-commit ng crime because there is the death penality. Tapos, wala man. Hindi naman natuto ang mga tao. You know, that is a very fractured statement," he said.

(They say death penalty is a deterrence to discourage people from committing crimes. But it has no effect. People don't learn anyway. You know, that is a very fractured statement.)

Duterte said this is only one school of thought on the death penalty. He has a different perspective.

"The other school of thought is, 'yang death penalty, hindi 'yan pantakot. Hindi 'yan to deter. Whether you like to commit a crime or not, that’s not my business. Death penalty to me is the retribution," said the politician known as "The Punisher."

(The other school of thought is, the death penalty is not to instill fear, not to deter. Whether you like to commit a crime or not, that's not my business. Death penalty to me is the retribution.)

Duterte, a believer in karma and eye-for-an-eye justice, said the death penalty is a way to exact payment from a perpetrator of a heinous crime.

"Magbayad ka sa ginawa mo sa buhay na ito (You pay for what you did in this life)," he said. 

Duterte, set to take his oath as Philippine president next week, wants to bring back the death penalty for heinous crimes. – Rappler.com

Pia Ranada

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