Saturday, March 26, 2011

Why No to Death Penalty?

This logic makes us look ridiculous. These Filipinos already know the laws in the country before they committed the crime. They get the death penalty and we try to get them out. if they were in the Philippines, they would be paying for their own lawyer. yet, when they are sentenced to death in another country, our media make them look like martyrs who left the country to give their country a better life. What about the crime they committed? If other countries sentence their own citizens to the death penalty, what excuse will they tell their own people if they exempt Filipino OFW's and other nationalities who commit crimes? And this guy comes up with a logic that the reason we should not have the death penalty is it will weaken our position in negotiating for our OFW's who committed crimes in other countries? We should not even be fighting for these people. One of those sentenced to death in China said that he transported a package which he thought were office supplies? What, they have no paper clips in China?

Drug mules are criminals. There was intent on their part. The drugs were not planted in their bags. 

Now, those kidnapped by pirates are a different matter. They are victims. Sure they know the risks when they work the ships. Even if the ships do not pass close to Somalia, they can still get kidnapped. Apparently, the pirates are now getting bolder and operating far from Somalia because the area close to the Gulf of Aden is now being patrolled by some countries. 

Let us not put kidnap victims and drug mules together. The first one deserve all the government assistance they can get to be free. Drug mules should be left on their own.


THE INCREASING number of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) facing execution for crimes committed in their host countries “serves as another compelling reason” for Congress to resist calls to revive the death penalty here, House Assistant Majority Leader and Cebu Rep. Eduardo Gullas said.

“If Congress reinstates capital punishment, the Philippine government will naturally lose the moral high ground to boldly appeal to foreign governments for clemency on behalf of OFWs meted out death verdicts,” Gullas said.
He said the Philippine government would find it “extremely difficult, if not impossible to seek leniency for OFWs facing execution, if we ourselves are putting our own convicts to death.”
“We have between eight and 11 million OFWs across the globe. Unfortunately, many of them are in countries that still subscribe to the death penalty and actively carry out judicial executions,” Gullas pointed out.
“Thus, many OFWs accused of serious criminal offenses are actually exposed to the hazards of capital punishment,” he warned.
“If the government wants to save the lives of our OFWs facing possible execution abroad, Congress should avoid the temptation to return the death penalty,” Gullas said.
China has postponed the execution of three Filipinos convicted of drug trafficking, following a strong appeal by the Philippine government, including a visit by Vice President Jejomar Binay to Beijing.
Three Filipinos—Ramon Credo, Sally Ordinario-Villanueva and Elizabeth Batain—are to be executed via lethal injection in China next week.
Migrante International, a nongovernment organization, previously reported that at least 79 other Filipino workers are on death row in China.
More than 120 other Filipino workers are also facing possible death sentences in other countries, Migrante said.
Gullas said at least 139 countries have already abolished the death penalty in law or practice.
“However, at least 58 other countries still support the penalty, and many of them still carry out executions,” he added.
He said the countries still using the death penalty and hosting large numbers of OFWs include Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Oman, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Sudan and Libya.
Saudi Arabia alone publicly beheaded at least 69 felons in 2009, making it the No. 2 most active executioner of convicts, next only to China which put to death more than 1,000 criminals that year,” Gullas said.
In Asia, Gullas said Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam and Japan still adhere to capital punishment and they all host a lot of OFWs.

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