Death Penalty In The Philippines Essay

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Death penalty is a capital punishment;it is used today and was also used during ancient times to penalize people with a variety of offenses. Due to the alarming upsurge of heinous crimes which has resulted not only in the loss of human lives and wanton destruction of property but also affected the states’ efforts towards sustainable economic development and prosperity while at the same time has undermined the people’s faith in the Government and the latter’s ability to maintain peace and order in the country, death penalty is proposed to be imposed.
The Philippines was the first Asian country that abolished the death penalty in 1987. But six years after it has reemployed the death penalty, the Philippines have overtaken its Asian neighbours and have the most number of death convicts. The repeal of death penalty came about with promulgation of a new Constitution after the ouster of the Marcos dictatorship. The lesson of Martial law, underscored by more than 10,000 victims who were either
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That there are severe imperfections in the justice system which could likely result in a situation where innocent victim might be executed can be seen in the review of cases by the Supreme Court. That it is biased against the poor and the marginalized can be seen in the socio-economic profile of the convicts. It is violation of the right to life and the right not to be treated cruelly. Yet, the government maintains that is effective in combating crime. It imposes the mandatory death penalty on 21 crimes while the other 25 crimes are death eligible. These are crimes for which a range of penalties including the death penalty is imposed. The death penalty is an easy way out for a government in the face of a strong outcry from the citizenry who wanted the government to stop criminality. It is being used to create the illusion that the government is doing something to stop the crimes when in fact it is
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