Weak justice system makes imposing death penalty dangerous –Palace official

January 28, 2014 11:19 pm 

By Azer N. Parrocha

MANILA, Jan 28 (PNA) — Despite proposals to revive death penalty to reduce the country’s crime rate, Malacanang said Tuesday that with the country’s weak justice system, it would only put those wrongly convicted in danger.

Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said in a Palace briefing that the weak justice system was among the administration’s reservations to the capital punishment’s revival.

“Among our reservations for the revival of death penalty is the impression that our justice system is weak,” Coloma said.

“If the justice system is flawed, it might convict or punish innocent people and that is dangerous,” he added.

Coloma further explained that the justice system is slow in its litigation process, which he said meant that, “justice delayed is justice denied”.

Although Malacanang remained firm in not reviving death penalty for the meantime, Coloma said that there were other ways to fight crime.

Coloma said that it was best if the national government would first give priority attention to the justice system’s reforms. (PNA)



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