Binay: Death penalty alone won’t stop crimes

Posted at 04/01/12 6:05 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Vice President Jejomar Binay said death penalty alone will not be enough to prevent crimes in the country.

Binay made the statement after Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Nicanor Bartolome said he is open to reimpose the death penalty following several high-profile crimes in Metro Manila in the past weeks, including the robbery in Robinson’s Galleria last Thursday.

Binay said the death penalty by itself will not stop criminality. He said reforms in the police and the judiciary are necessary to ensure the public's safety.

“The reimposition of the death penalty, by itself, will not deter criminality. We also need to immediately institute reforms in the PNP and in the judicial system,” he said.

The Vice President said policemen should also have more training and equipment to be able to fight crimes more effectively.

Binay, however, said that aside from adequate equipment and training, corrupt policemen in the PNP should be removed.

“We also need to professionalize the ranks of the police force. The corrupt few, the criminally inclined and those with links to major crime syndicates must be booted out and charged appropriately. The National Police Commission, in particular, should take the proper steps to expedite the disposition of cases against erring members of the police,” he said.

Binay also said the judiciary should ensure that there would be no wrongful arrests and convictions and that trials are not delayed.

“If we are able to accomplish these, then we might not need to reimpose the death penalty,” Binay said.