The worsening crimes evident throughout the country are enough to prove that death penalty needs to be restored once more.
Will it work?
Death penalty isn’t new to the country. It was used as a force in the Marcos’ regime to follow the dictator himself. It did inflict fear, thus the discipline – bringing it back would do the same thing.
Yet, in our present democratic society, how is it even possible? Back then, all that Marcos uttered were the rules itself – now, we have an entire Constitution, making all the rules difficult to recall. Not all restrictions are even reminded to the citizens.
Also, before, it was the military that did all the disciplinary measures. Currently, they watch over our territories, while our policemen do all the arresting. The problems arise when we learn that we have less than a million cops across the country, some even part of heinous crimes such as drug pushing. How will those who deserve death penalty get caught?
Another fault: the investigations within our country are slow. Take the ongoing Maguindanao Massacre, which began trials since 2009. Until now, none of its 103 accused suspects have been condemned. If figuring out who the suspect is takes long, then who will receive death penalty?
Actually, this penalty requires more decisive thinking above the rest. How about those who are condemned, but innocent? What will happen to the families of those who received death penalty?
Setting this back will never be as easy as before. Times have changed – Filipinos are now strongly opinionated and appreciative than ever. It takes more than rules for it to be effective; it requires fixing the loopholes within our society for it to work.
Yet, on the other hand, no matter how tough the task is, simply think of what it could bring: wider smiles of our countrymen. Wider smiles, because we know that the Philippines, along with disciplinary reinforcement, promise a better and safer future for us, along with the next generation. Nothing will be wasted.