PNP chief wants death penalty revived

Posted at 03/30/12 2:36 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine National Police chief Nicanor Bartolome is asking lawmakers to consider crafting a bill that would revive the death penalty amid the spate of crimes in the country recently.

Speaking to reporters in Camp Crame, Bartolome said he expects to receive criticism for his call but said reviving the death penalty will help lessen the number of heinous crimes in the country.

Bartolome said he is also willing to hold talks with the Church and several human rights groups who oppose the capital punishment.

He said the death penalty is necessary to avoid the increase in the number of crimes where victims die.

Former President and now Pampanga 2nd District Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo abolished the death penalty on the eve of her trip to the Vatican in 2006.

President Benigno Aquino III has remained lukewarm to the idea of reviving the death penalty because of the country's weak justice system.

Bartolome made this call despite the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) pronouncement that crime rate in the country is down.  - report from Edwin Sevidal, dzMM