Alvarez: No minors to be punished with death penalty



Presumptive Speaker Davao Del Norte Rep. Pantaleon “Bebot” Alvarez on Friday clarified that despite the fact that minors might now be place in detention, they could not be sentenced to death because of their crimes.

Within the interview throughout the luncheon meeting of Partido Demokratikong Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan, Alvarez mentioned he wouldn't make crimes committed by minors punishable under the death penalty as part of his bill to decrease the criminal age of liability from 15 years old to nine. Alvarez said minors couldn't have the ability to committing heinous crimes like murder, rape, plunder, amongst other offenses that are deemed heinous and hence punishable under death penalty in one more of his proposed law.

“Masyado namang malupit yun. I don’t believe they’re capable of heinous crimes,” Alvarez stated. He stated in his proposed bill to amend the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006, minors would alternatively be put within a rehabilitation facility separate from the prison cells of hardened criminals. Alvarez said there were a must make minors criminally liable since they have been becoming utilised by syndicates to commit crimes and evade liability.

“Itong mga minors, ginagamit ng mga sindikato para mag-commit ng crimes … hindi naman ibig sabihin ‘yung mga youth offenders isasama natin sa piitan ng mga hardened criminals. Magkakaroon rin tayo ng rehabilitation diyan, para malaman nila na 9 years old malaman nila na mayroon silang duty towards the society,” Alvarez mentioned.

Alvarez made the clarification to discover youth offenders from hardened criminals who'd committed heinous crimes and will be punished with death penalty by lethal injection if his bill reinstating death penalty was passed. In Home Bill No. 1 which he authored with Capiz Rep. Fredenil Castro, Alvarez mentioned there was a ought to reimpose death penalty since “the national crime rate is growing to such alarming proportions requiring an all-out offensive against all types of felonious acts.” “Philippine society stays with no selection but to cope with specific grievous offenders within a manner commensurate towards the gravity, perversity, atrociousness and repugnance in their crimes,” according to the bill.

The check sought to reimpose death penalty on heinous crimes listed under Republic Act No. 7659, such as murder, plunder, rape, kidnapping and severe illegal detention, sale, use and possessing illegal drugs, carnapping with homicide, amongst others. The balance sought to reenact into the law Republic Act No. 8177 which designated lethal injection as being a technique of accomplishing capital punishment.

Based on into your market, all laws which can be inconsistent with this measure will likely be repealed. The bill would then repeal Republic Act No. 9346, or even the law signed by former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in 2006 which abolished death penalty.

Alvarez filed into your market in order to meet the mandate of the administration of President Duterte to bring back death penalty being a deterrent to criminality and workout of illicit drugs within the country.

H/T:inquirer

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