Women's group Gabriela today joined protests at the gates of the House of Representatives opposing the re-imposition of the death penalty as Congress gears to approve the measure on third and final reading this week.
Gabriela Women's Party Representative Arlene Brosas spoke among protesters indicating their strong position against the death penalty.
“Death penalty is the wrong prescription for the ills of injustice and criminality. The defects of our judicial and legal processes that spawn injustice and impunity cannot be cured by the re-imposition of the death penalty. On the contrary, the defect and festering practices in the judiciary will worsen,” said Brosas.
The Gabriela solon further said that previous implementation of the death penalty did not curb the commissionof heinous crimes.
“There is no assurance that the death penalty will prevent drug traffickers from engaging further in the illegal trade. Even at the rate that the anti-drug campaign is going, it has targeted more drug users and small-time peddlers from urban poor communities while the illegal drug trade persists. Mahihirap pa rin ang matatamaan.”
Brosas called for a more holistic and humane approach to resolving the issue of illegal drugs and criminality. “It is the people's extreme poverty that breeds criminality and allows the illegal drug trade to proliferate. Let us seek to approve and implement measures that will put an end to hunger, poverty.”
Gabriela protests and marches towards the commemoration of International Women’s Day drumbeat the women’s call to end poverty and the aspirations for land, jobs, justice and peace.#