VACC warns of IS-style executions if death penalty is not restored

Philippine anti-crime advocates warned on Friday that heinous crimes would continue and get worse, to the point that Islamic-style executions, might be perpetrated by criminals if death penalty is not restored, The Manila Times Online reported on Saturday.

Founding chairman of the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) chairman Dante Jimenez claimed that criminals have become ruthless � beheading, mutilating and burning their victims � using the legal principle of corpus delicti or no crime, no case.

He again called on Congress to prioritize the passage of the death penalty bill to deter heinous crimes.

Congress, particularly the Senate, appears to be not interested in expediting the passage of the bill, one of the priority legislative measures of President Duterte, said Jimenez.

He questioned why the Senate took so long to begin discussing the bill, noting that Duterte has got 16 million voters after promising to eliminate illegal drugs, crime and corruption as well as restoring death penalty.

He claimed that death penalty failed to deter crimes in the past because of failures of previous governments to implement it properly and continuously.

He added that previous presidents gave in to pressure from the Church and other groups who are against capital punishment.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

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