By: Marites Toledo
THE leader of the group that has been fighting against crime and corruption strongly called on the congressmen to pass the proposed death penalty law to put an end to the lives of the perpetrators of heinous crimes, including those who massacre families.
Atty. Dante Jimenez, chairman of the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC), told the members of the House Committee on Justice on Wednesday that “To protect the human rights of criminals is ultimate hypocrisy. We could not fathom why must we protect the rights of killers who massacre families.”
In asserting his point, Jimenez mentioned the names of Herbert Colanggo, Vicente Sy, and Jaybee Sebastian who according to him continues to conduct drug trade while inside the New Bilibid Prison (NBP).
Colanggo, Sy, and Sebastian are serving life sentence as the courts found them guilty of committing heinous crimes.
Jimenez owned brother was killed in 1990 by a drug syndicate.
Jimenez asserted that “The argument that death is a cruel punishment [against perpetrators of heinous crimes like raping and killing a 7-year-old girl, for example] does not hold water. Look at the Bilibid inmates. They live a life of comfort and luxury.”
Colanggo, for one, has admitted in a previous hearing at the House of Representatives involving drug trade operations at the NBP that he was able to conduct concerts inside the NBP, record a several songs, and his room in the national penitentiary is similar to lawmakers.
Jimenez said the re-imposition of the death penalty will prevent people from committing crimes.
There are 9 proposed laws at the House to revive death penalty law, including the one filed by Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez.
One of the points in the proposed laws is that the Supreme Court will automatically review and study the death penalty decision rendered by a local court to an accused.
VACC chair argued that the weak criminal justice system should not be a hindrance in restoring the death penalty.