of sentences by PGMA
STRONG JUSTICE SYSTEM DETERRENT TO CRIME
17 April 2006
President Noli ‘Kabayan’ De Castro called for a
of the justice system – law enforcement, effective
judiciary and efficient prison system – to support any
decision to commute sentences of death convicts.
President De Castro made this call in reaction to a plan by
President Arroyo to commute the sentence of some 1, 200
death convicts to life imprisonment.
stressed that upgrading all the facets of the justice
system would insure that the needed deterrence
against the commission of crime would be upheld. At
the same time, the poor who are always given the
death penalty would have a chance to rehabilitate
enforcement, De Castro said that the crime fighters must
now intensify their anti-crime efforts and that
the government must give the police force the logistical
support and proper training.
lang na bigyan ng sapat na kaalaman, pagsasanay
at kagamitan ang ating mga tagapagpatupad ng batas
upang magampanan nila nang lubos ang nakaatang
na tungkulin sa kanila na panatiliin ang kapayapaan
at kaayusan sa ating bayan.
senator and a journalist, De Castro had batted for the
abolition of death penalty. Taking off from studies on
the effects of death penalty, De Castro believed
that the death penalty had never been deterrent
to crime and was always anti-poor.
prisoners are not hopeless persons. They could be
rehabilitated with proper education and given training in
work so that they could be helpful members of the
society,” De Castro said, as he called for concrete
measures to help the sentenced prisoners.
President described the President’s plan as Christian
act that is supported by the Christian community
and other religions. “I believe, the President,
upon reflection, acted as many Christian Catholic
would, to give compassion to our imprisoned brothers
and sisters a chance to reform.”