Top 10 Reasons Why the Death Penalty Should Not Be Implemented in Philippines

Philippines, a third world country. Notable of being one of the highest criminality rating in the world. Death penalty is never the solution. We should be aware what it costs.
The Top Ten
1 Poor defendants don’t have the wealth to hire a good lawyer.

I am also against the death penalty. I can imagine rich people getting away with murder and poor people getting killed in extrajudicial killings.

Not all people have the money to get a good lawyer, especially those who are at the bottom of the social ladder.

2 Tendency of wrongful verdict.

Especially if the justice system is flawed, there is a high probability of misjudgment. There are also cases of people who were executed and were later found out to be innocent.

That's right. I couldn't agree more.

3 Lifetime imprisonment is much better.

If you want to get revenge on the person who has done something wrong to you, reclusion perpetua might be the best option. Life in jail is no joke, especially for rapists and killers, according to some police officers. It also saves more money from the government fund than ending the life of the criminal.

4 It does not deter criminals.

Studies have shown that no country has ever deterred criminality by imposing capital punishment. Fear of the death penalty will just make the criminals more careful about getting away with their crimes.

5 The trial is very expensive.

It's very costly, taking into account the judge, lawyers, and other logistics. The fund should rather be spent on educational, anti-poverty, and law enforcement purposes.

6 The justice system is flawed.

The new administration should focus on solidifying the integrity of the justice system instead of bringing capital punishment onto the table.

7 It is wrong to kill people

It is against the fifth commandment of God which is "Thou shalt not kill". We humans do not have the right to take one's life. Only God has the right to do it.

8 It violates human rights.
9 It justifies killing.

Say for example, if I were convicted of murdering one of your family members and then as revenge, you wanted to kill me as well. Then what are our differences? None. We are both murderers.

I can say that solitary confinement is better than the death penalty.

10 We can't solve a sin with another sin.
The Contenders
11 The trial takes a lot of time.

Definitely. It takes more time to arrive at a final verdict compared to typical murder cases where death is not being considered as an option.

12 The court is overloaded with pending cases.

Think about the pending case in the Maguindanao Massacre. Justice delayed is justice denied.

It's not a question at all. The court has so many pending cases.

13 May lead to public execution.
14 It is very expensive

A serum to kill someone isn't something you can buy from your local store. It's an expensive thing, so the government could save more money by giving them a lifetime prison sentence rather than using expensive methods to kill them.

15 It haunts the executioners and juries psychologically.

The trauma, stress, and all the other psychological effects are significant if you're the executioner or the judge in the trial.

16 We don’t give people a chance to change
17 It's a sin
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