“Restore death penalty”, says Mayor Herbert Bautista

“Restore death penalty”, says Mayor Herbert Bautista

Mayor Herbert Bautista wants to revive death penalty, saying “I wish that death penalty will be revived for drug-related crimes and rape so that people will fear the law and give it some teeth” on Radyo Inquirer 990 AM on Monday, August 11, as reported on the Inquirer.

The mayor is still fuming over the slapping incident of a suspected Chinese drug dealer who was found with around 10 kilograms of illegal drug shabu worth P15 million.  The Chinese suspect irked Bautista when he made faces and appeared smiling while the mayor was about to be interviewed on TV.

Although a large number of netizens praised the mayor for slapping the drug dealer, with many saying it was but a small punishment compared to that faced by Pinoy drug dealers caught in China, the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) does not share the same sentiment.

CHR Chief Loretta Ann “Etta” Rosales said it was wrong for him to take the law in his own hands by slapping the suspect, adding that the action was a violation of the prisoner’s rights.

The CHR Chief’s statement did not deter Bautista who expressed that he wanted the death penalty restored against heinous crime offenders.

“Restore death penalty”, says Mayor Herbert Bautista
Composite image of Mayor Herbert Bautista and CHR Chief Etta Rosales
Photo credit: InterAksyon/Inquirer

The death penalty was abolished by Republic Act 9346. RA 9346 was approved during the term of then-president and now Pampanga representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Bautista is not alone in his sentiments over the restoration of the death penalty.  Ever since it was banned, some sectors believe it caused the rise of heinous crimes in the country because criminals are not afraid anymore.

Lawmakers are now trying to get the death penalty back.  In Senate Bill 2080, Senator Tito Sotto III pushed for the imposition of the punishment in the country, in hopes of repealing RA 9346.

In March this year, brothers Maximo Rodriguez of the Abante Mindanao party list and Cagayan de Oro Representative Rufus Rodriguez wrote a bill to restore death penalty, especially to foreigners who engage in drug trafficking in the PH.

According to them, restoration of this punishment will discourage international drug cartels and foreign drug traffickers from using the Philippines as the “transshipment country” where they can easily manufacture and distribute prohibited drugs.