Restorative, rehabilitative and with access to effective legal representation
The Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas laments and decries the actuations of our elected lawmakers in calling back from its grave the death penalty proposals.
We urge you to remove the blinders that prevent you from seeing that death penalty is an offense ‘against the inviolability of life and the dignity of the human person.’ Its reimposition will single out for punishment the most vulnerable sectors of society who have no means to defend themselves. Moreover, as a country, our failure to honor our commitment, with the International Community, not to bring back death penalty, will not only put us in a bad light but lose their respect as well.
We would rather that you focus your attention on:
- how to combat the effects of COVID-19 through a comprehensive program for the health and safety of your constituents;
- the speedy enactment of laws that will reform our judicial and correctional systems and;
- how to stop the flagrant reality of graft and corruption.
SHEMA! Listen and heed the words of some of our greatest Presidents:
“Those who have less in life must have more in law.” (President Ramon Magsaysay)
“Respect for basic human rights must continue to be one of our prime concerns. We must live up to our pledge to act as guardians of the dignity and worth of the individual.” (President Manuel L. Quezon)
We Must Stand for Life! Let us Choose Life!
Rouquel A. Ponte
11 August 2020