To collectively discuss current prevailing human rights issues in the country, the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Region 10 held the Community-Based Dialogue for the Anti-Death Penalty Campaign on February 10 in Cagayan de Oro City.
The dialogue aimed to raise the level of public awareness, enhance understanding of human rights issues and strengthen collaborative effort in the promotion and protection of human rights.
CHR Regional Director Jeanne Ivy F. Abrina said that the dialogue is conducted to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the country’s criminal justice system as well as the challenges in their reintroduction in the society.
Abrina also said the Commission wanted to seek answers from the public on the State formal law by asking, “Is our criminal justice system able to provide effective counsels for indigent accused persons and does the system have appropriate resources for the investigation of lawful defences such as the insanity of the perpetrators?”
Currently, the legislative proposal to resurrect the death penalty is a pressing human rights issue and it is in this respect that concerned efforts must be taken to bring the crucial issue to the fore and be the subject of public discourse.
The CHR believes that in such way, everyone will be informed and have the opportunity to voice their opinion on the proposed measure.
The death penalty bill pending in the House of Representatives has been approved by the sub-Committee on Justice of the Committee on Human Rights last December 2016 and legislators are inclined on passing the bill.
The plenary discussion on the bill will resume anytime with the resumption of Congress.(RTP/PIA10)