February 15, 2017
Gatchalian: Send Child Rapists and Drug Lords to Hell
"Bringing back the death penalty is the best way to send child rapists and drug lords on the one-way express to Hell," Senator Win Gatchalian said on Wednesday.
Gatchalian, however, clarified that his support for the revival of the death penalty extends to only two specific classes of heinous crimes: offenses involving the sexual exploitation of children, and offenses involving large quantities of illegal drugs.
"The common link between these two kinds of capital offenses is the irreparable damage that they do to our country. Criminals who wage war against the fundamental values of our society by polluting it with drugs and sexual violence against children cannot be rehabilitated, and they should not be forgiven. Child rapists and drug lords are beyond saving. They must be put to death," said Gatchalian.
Despite his strong support for executing child rapists, pornographers, exploiters, and other sexual offenders, Gatchalian said he is open to Senate Majority Leader Tito Sotto's compromise proposal to limit the reimposition of the death penalty to large scale drug offenses.
"Limiting the scope of the new death penalty law to cover only offenses involving large quantities of illegal drugs might be the only realistic way to get the bill through the Senate. I will support the compromise if that's the case," said Gatchalian.
Gatchalian urged his fellow lawmakers to take notice of the public clamor to revive the death penalty, pointing out that credible private surveys have shown that 4 out of 5 Filipinos support the move to bring back capital punishment.
"The Constitution expressly bestows upon Congress the power to impose the death penalty for compelling reasons to punish heinous crimes. The devastating social impact of illegal drugs on our country is certainly compelling enough. As representatives of the People, we must give them the justice they demand," Gatchalian said.
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