The Manila Times : Marcos not keen on reviving death penalty

20 March 2022

By Catherine S. Valente | The Manila Times

FORMER senator and presidential candidate Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. is not in favor of bringing back the death penalty in the Philippines.

"You have to look at it in two different ways. Does the state have the moral authority to take a life? That's on the moral side. Is it actually effective in bringing down crimes? Heinous crimes? Kasi heinous crime ang i-death penalty natin. So, on those two," Marcos said in an interview with acting Palace spokesman Martin Andanar and broadcaster Erwin Tulfo aired on Saturday.

"The question whether or not the state has moral authority or the right to take a life, that's a very, very big question that nobody has really been able to answer completely. Depende kung sino ang kausap (It depends whom are you speaking with). Everyone has idea," he added.

Marcos opined that the death penalty is not really effective in preventing heinous crime.

"I think [the ]numbers are clear, it's not. The death penalty does not [deter crimes]. Alam mo kung papatay ka ng tao, ay naku may death penalty hindi ko na papatayin ito, hindi nangyayari 'yun. 'Yung mga heinous crime gagawin at gagawin ng mga kriminal 'yun (Criminals will commit heinous crimes no matter what). I'm not sure if the death penalty is an effective way of discouraging the commission of crimes," he said.

"I think there are certain sectors in society that believe that it is, and we have to examine that question very clearly. But as of now, the best that we can do is I think the enforcement is much more important than the actual punishment."

The death penalty was abolished under the 1987 Constitution, but Congress made provisions to bring it back as a deterrent to heinous crimes.

An attempt to bring back capital punishment was made during the administration of President Fidel Ramos but was quashed under the term of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.