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Gordon argues against efficacy of death penalty in combating illegal drug trade

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By Hannah Torregoza

Senator Richard Gordon on Sunday stood pat on his belief that imposing the death penalty as capital punishment would be ineffective in combating illegal drug trade and other heinous crimes in the country.

Senator Richard Gordon (CZAR DANCEL / MANILA BULLETIN)

Senator Richard Gordon
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But Gordon said he won’t stop any of his colleagues from sponsoring the measure if they want the proposal to move forward in the 18th Congress.

“Yung gustong mag-sponsor, sila ang mag-sponsor. Pero di ako magii-sponsor niyan, dahil hindi ako naniniwala sa efficacy ng death penalty, (Those who want to sponsor it should do so. But I won’t sponsor it because I don’t believe in the efficacy of the death penalty),” Gordon said in an interview over Dobol B sa GMA News TV.

Among the senators who authored a death penalty bill for the 18th Congress, included Senate President Vicente Sotto III and Senators Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao, Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa, Panfilo “Ping” Lacson, and Christopher “Bong” Go,

Some senators are seeking the imposition of death penalty for high-level drug trafficking while other lawmakers want to include crimes such as rape and plunder.

Senators who expressed support for the passage of death penalty include Senators Sherwin Gatchalian, Cynthia Villar, Imee Marcos, Aquilino Pimentel III, Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara, Pia Cayetano, Bong Revilla, Francis Tolentino, and Manuel “Lito” Lapid.

Gordon argued that even other countries, particularly United States (US), have a hard time implementing the law even in the face of technology.

“Especially, America, kumpleto sa equipment, magaling sila sa forensic examinations, but still nagkakamali at pagkatapos, patay na ang tao. Di na maibabalik (ang buhay) (they have complete equipment, they are good in forensic examinations, but they still commit mistakes, then after that, they wrongly sentence a criminal to death penalty. They can no longer bring back a life),” Gordon pointed out.

Gordon reiterated his belief that harsher terms for life imprisonment would deter criminality than re-imposing the death penalty.

He said it would be a bigger deterrent if people realize they would suffer severely if they violate the law rather than be meted the death penalty.

“Mas mabigat na parusa iyan hindi lamang sa nagkasala, kundi pati na rin sa pamilya. Kaya dapat mag ingat siya dahil baka pati pamilya niya mag hihirap (It’s a serious penalty, not only for the criminal but for his family as well. So he better think twice as his family will suffer),” Gordon pointed out.

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