Bishop rejects revival of death penalty

Posted at 11/05/2012 10:55 AM | Updated as of 11/05/2012 1:14 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo is rejecting a proposal to resurrect the death penalty, saying that it will not prevent criminals from committing heinous crimes.

In a report on CBCPNews, Pabillo said the death penalty is a risky policy in a country where the justice system is facing serious challenges and has to undergo reform.

"We all know what happens with the death penalty, those who are punished are the poor and not the real perpetrators. It’s because the real problem lies with our justice system," he said.

President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo abolished the death penalty on June 24, 2006.

The Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption earlier revived calls to reimpose the death penalty after the murder of University of Santo Tomas alumna Cyrish Magalang in Bacoor, Cavite last week. Police said the victim was stabbed 49 times.

Two men who have confessed their involvement in Magalang’s death are already in police custody. The suspects, who authorities said are brothers, admitted to taking illegal drugs. With a report from CBCPNews