Death penalty can curb corruption in jails — solon

November 4, 2022 Jester P. Manalastas 252 views

CORRUPTION inside the National Bilibid Prison (NBP) and other jail facilities in the country could be at least minimized by the reimposition of the death penalty.

This is according to Manila Rep. Bienvenido Abante Jr. as he lamented the vulnerable penal system, which has been exploited by powerful and moneyed criminals who have used bribery and coercion to turn penitentiaries into “personal resorts.”

The results of a recent NBP raid showed that despite being imprisoned it was “business as usual for drug lords and violent gangs who continue to flout our laws with impunity.”

A recent raid of the NBP led by Bureau of Corrections officials enforcement unearthed thousands of cans of beer, dangerous weapons, cellular phones, illegal drugs, cash, and other prohibited paraphernalia.

Abante, author of House Bill No. 4121 or the Death Penalty Law, had recently argued that the death penalty is necessary as “incarceration is not enough to stop criminals from committing more crimes.”

The lawmaker pointed out that strengthening the penal system would only be possible with the use of necessary measures like the death penalty.

“As long as there are criminal elements like drug lords who can access their resources beyond prison walls, they will be in a position to bribe or threaten their jailers,” Abante said.

While the legislator lauded the results of BuCor’s “Oplan Paglilinis,” he warned that these issues would continue to resurface as long as the root of the problem is not addressed.

“It’s an endless cycle that requires that we put an end to the individuals behind it: the convicted criminals who continue to commit crimes in the comfort of their cells,” he added.

“Remove these criminals and you remove the source of corruption. The death penalty is the permanent solution for these irredeemable criminals. The sooner the death penalty reimposed, the sooner we will be able to implement reforms in our penal system,” the veteran solon stressed.