Even God Favors Death Penalty

An Editorial of The Bohol Standard Vol. 8 No. 334 Sunday, January 23, 2011

The day before yesterday and in a span of less than 24 hours, shocking news reports have made us feel more unsafe these days.

In Cavite, a 19-year-old woman was snatched and was later discovered to have been raped and beheaded, another heinous crime that calls for the reimposition of death penalty in the Philippines.

In Pampanga, still within 24 hours, a helpless 6-year-old girl was raped and killed along a river situated in that said province. Although the suspect was already arrested, his arrest cannot cure the deathly pain felt by the loved ones of the victim. In our jurisprudence, we can read many cases of young girls being raped by members of their family or by relatives or by strangers.

Criminals will always have the propensity to do evil acts knowing that there is no harsh penalty for it.

Meanwhile, in Iloilo, five men gang-raped a 12-year-old year. Such beastly act deserves no less than death penalty to the perpetrators.

But what can we do in this country? Ex-president Gloria Arroyo removed death penalty. It is easy for Gloria to remove dealt penalty because she is not a victim of a crime. Has she, or any member of her family, been a victim of a heinous crime, Gloria would have used common sense in rejecting the law that blotted out capital punishment.

Before we learned of the shocking rape cases, we have also been bombarded with headlines concerning the twin cases of Lozano and Evangelista, both car dealers in Manila, who in separate times and places were kidnapped, murdered, and burned with their vehicles.

Again the civil society has become highly alarmed of the serird of heinous crimes that hit the headlines lately.

But the tragedy in this country is that our politicians, the congressmen and senators who are tasked to make laws, are never alarmed of the magnitude of Philippine criminality. Or maybe they just don’t care. And they will not feel our pain and suffering because these congressmen and senators are surrounded with bodyguards and spend their days sitting in a comfortable chair away from the lurking evils in our society.

Even Pres. Noynoy Aquino cannot fathom the severity of the situation. Aquino is reluctant to reintroduce death penalty in the Philippines. Another shame on us for electing a president who cannot understand the seriousness of the problem.

The call for the reimposition of death penalty usually gets louder when crimes involve some prominent people like the Lozanos and the Evangelistas. But if we look at the whole picture, thousands of heinous crimes are taking place in the country everyday, and ordinary citizens, unfamiliar ones, are the victims.

The rampant criminality in the country is not fiction. Lawmakers must realize the urgency to preserve the sanity of our society.

Even God, as chronicled in the Old Testament, favors death penalty. God Himself was the One who introduced death penalty to Israel.

Of course God knows better than our Philippine congressmen and senators.

God knows that death penalty is for the best interest of society and for the survival of humankind.

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