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Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) chief Persida Rueda-Acosta expressed her support yesterday for the proposed restoration of death penalty in the country. Acosta clarified that she has already changed her position about on the revival of death penalty. Her change of heart comes amid reports that she is being considered for appointment to the Supreme Court.

“I noticed that heinous criminals like killers, rapists of children and drug traffickers have become bolder nowadays, as if they fear nothing at all. If the crime is extra heinous and the evidence is strong, why not revive the death penalty?” she explained. NEWS PAO chief Acosta supports Duterte's death penalty: If the crime is extra heinous and the evidence is strong, why not revive the death penalty? Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) chief Persida Rueda-Acosta expressed her support yesterday for the proposed restoration of death penalty in the country. Acosta clarified that she has already changed her position about on the revival of death penalty. Her change of heart comes amid reports that she is being considered for appointment to the Supreme Court. “I noticed that heinous criminals like killers, rapists of children and drug traffickers have become bolder nowadays, as if they fear nothing at all. If the crime is extra heinous and the evidence is strong, why not revive the death penalty?” she explained. It was Acosta who argued before the Supreme Court for the moratorium on the death penalty in the kidnapping for ransom case against Roderick Licayan and Roberto Lara in 2004. Acosta reassured that the PAO would make sure to punish those are really the guilty ones. “If those to be executed are innocent or if we have new evidence to prove it, I will personally ask the President to stay the execution,” she vowed. The PAO chief encourages the public not to feel worry of the death penalty because there would surely be safeguards to protect the innocent.

“We should instead be assured that only guilty heinous criminals would be punished. Otherwise, our society will not be safe,” she argued. The House justice committee has recently approved the committee report of the substitute bill for the restoration of the death penalty, which proposes three modes of execution – hanging, firing squad or lethal injection. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez earlier vowed to pass the bill to restore the death penalty before their Christmas break. During his campaign for the May 2016 polls, President Duterte vowed to restore the death penalty as part of his anti-criminality platform.

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