MAY 19, 2019 — The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) expressed readiness to offer the Congress programs aimed towards prevention of crime in lieu of capital punishment.
In a statement released Sunday, CHR Commissioner Karen Gomez-Dumpit said the Commission is ready to engage Congress in a “frank and factual conversation” about the death penalty.
“We are ready to present the ineffectiveness of the death penalty and offer viable programs that result in crime prevention and lowering crime incidence,” said Dumpit.
CHR cited police visibility or adjusting police to population ratios accordingly as well as community vigilance.
The Commission also emphasized its need to fulfill its legal obligations to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights to abolish the death penalty.
“As a state party to these human rights treaties, we have perpetually committed not to impose nor reintroduce capital punishment,” Dumpit explained.
Senate President Tito Sotto on Thursday raised the possibility of the proposed reinstatement of death penalty on high level drug trafficking crime being marked as a priority in the coming 18th Congress.
Sen. Pres. Tito Sotto said passing death penalty bill was never his priority as SP but admits there is possibility to push this measure again in the coming 18th Congress: “It is possible pero hindi ko masasabi na higher chances because of the non-cloture rule in the Senate.” pic.twitter.com/zpuf5DcYlu
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Sotto although clarified that the possible prioritization of the death penalty would not automatically entail the Senate’s vote in favor of the capital punishment.