DAVAO CITY, Philippines—Criminals will die.
This was the stern warning of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte as he pushed for the reimposition of death penalty in the Philippines.
“Dito hindi ka na kailangan matakot. Talagang mamamatay ka. Because this part of the law says, this is retribution. Magbayad ka sa ginawa mo,” Duterte said during his speech at the turnover of command ceremony of the Davao City Police on Friday.
Duterte said death penalty in past administrations were never effective.
“Despite the fact that there is the death penalty law at that time, it never deterred the criminals from committing their acts. But of course, because they never implemented the law. Wala ngang pinapatay so paano sila ma-deter (No one was killed so how can it be deterred),” he said.
He said he wanted the revival of death penalty so he can hang criminals.
“That’s why I am asking for the reinstatement of the death penalty so that I can hang them,” he said.
Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer