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‘Death penalty not guarantee
to solve illegal drugs problem’


Negros Oriental police director, Senior Supt. Rey Lyndon Lawas, yesterday said a holistic approach is needed in solving the illegal drugs trade in the country, but added that he is personally against the re-imposition of the death penalty.

Lawas spoke at a forum of the Philippine Information Agency on the  execution of three Filipinos in China earlier convicted by the Chinese Supreme Court for drug trafficking.

Lawas said re-imposing the death penalty in the Philippines may be a deterrent to the commission of crimes, but it is not a guarantee that would-be violators will stop engaging in the illegal drugs trade or other high profile crimes like rape and murder.

Even in the past, he said, and before the repeal of the death penalty, criminality in the country continued with no decline noted in statistics and the increasing number of death convicts.

Lawas said he does not subscribe to the idea of taking away one’s life by another person, adding that the law should be allowed to take its natural course.

He also said there are factors to consider when a crime is committed, such as motive, opportunity and instrument.

He instead called on the public to support government efforts to curb criminality by doing their part like reporting suspicious persons or activities within their communities to the authorities.

Crime solution and crime prevention are also the concern of the citizenry at large and not just the responsibility of the police and other law enforcement authorities, he said.*JFP



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