Amid the plan of lawmakers to back the restoration of the death penalty in the 18th Congress, the Commission on Human Rights on Sunday maintained its opposition against the proposal.
“The Commission is ready to engage Congress in a frank and factual conversation about the death penalty,” Commissioner Karen Gomez-Dumpit said.
“We are ready to present the ineffectiveness of the death penalty and offer viable programs that result in crime prevention and lowering crime incidence. These include police visibility or increasing police to population ratios and community vigilance. We fully support these initiatives that do not diminish our principles to uphold the right to life,” she added.
She clarified that while the CHR does not want crime to go unpunished, it believes that capital punishment is not the solution to lower crime incidence.
“The apprehension, prosecution, conviction and punishment of those who have committed wrong doings must be in accordance with human rights standards and principles. We also have to ensure that our legal obligations as a state party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Second Optional Protocol aiming at the Abolition of the Death Penalty are respected and fulfilled,” the commissioner said.
“As a state party to these human rights treaties, we have perpetually committed not to impose nor reintroduce capital punishment,” she added.