Bringing back death penalty, as what President Rodrigo Duterte mentioned in his fifth State of the Nation Address (SONA), would all the more lead the public to think about death instead of focusing on the COVID-19 crisis, according to Senator Nancy Binay.
Binay explained that she is against reinstating death penalty since it will be a disadvantage to the poor given the country’s flawed justice system. She also called out the government’s lack of “sense of urgency” in addressing the health crisis, adding that the Duterte administration seems not feeling the “need to do something” about it.
In his speech, Duterte urged the Congress to bring back death penalty by lethal injection for illegal drug offenders. The president’s notorious war on drugs has been a topic for local and international human rights organizations since most of the alleged drug suspects were poor and became victims of extrajudicial killings.