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DOJ chief Remulla mum on death penalty; wants a debate, put issue to vote

By: - Reporter / @zacariansINQ
/ 12:07 PM September 14, 2022
Remulla wants debate on death penalty

WILL IT BE USED AGAIN? Before it was abolished under the Arroyo administration in 2006, death penalty in the country was imposed by lethal injection, with the condemned convict executed in this chamber at NewBilibid Prison. —INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin “Boying” Remulla on Wednesday said that the country’s policymakers should “properly” debate and vote on restoring the death penalty.

“It is up to the democratic country like ours to vote on this issue. I believe that policymakers should debate it properly and vote for it as representatives of the people,” said Remulla during the CA committee hearing on his appointment as Justice Secretary.

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“But it can be debated, and we should learn from the debates before we decide on the issue of death penalty,” he added.

Although he didn’t say explicitly whether he was for or against reimposing capital punishment, he explained it could either be a “payment for [sins]” or “to deter crimes.”

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“As a matter of deterrence, I believe it could only be done if there is the certainty of punishment; if the justice system is efficient, we can deter the commission of a crime,” said Remulla.

“But for the philosophical underpinnings of punishment and as a payment for the commission of a sin that is still one that will divide society forever, the body of life will always be important to all of us,” he added.

Death penalty debate has raged for years whether it is time to reinstate it.

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. earlier said that he is still undecided about whether the death penalty should be reimposed, saying that there are practical and moral concerns surrounding the said policy.

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