For opposition Senators Franklin Drilon and Risa Hontiveros, outcomes of a Social Weather Station (SWS) survey displaying three out of 5 Filipinos support death penalty solely displays the unfavorable notion they’ve in regards to the state of law and order in the nation.

“I believe the latest SWS survey showing that three out of five Filipinos favor death penalty for drug-related crimes is a mere reflection of the people’s frustration over a poor justice system,” Drilon, the minority chief in the Senate, stated Thursday (April 27).

Hontiveros stated it’s extra of a cry of desperation from a public already uninterested in drug-related crimes moderately than their tacit approval of a supposed crime deterrent that doesn’t work.

“There are no empirical proof that shows that death penalty is an effective deterrent against crime, particularly high-level trafficking. It is a cruel, inhumane and degrading punishment which has a disproportionate impact on the poor and little guarantee that innocent people would not be sentenced to death,” she stated.

Despite public support for bringing again the death penalty, Hontiveros stated she is optimistic that the measure is not going to move in the Senate.

“I am confident that the majority of my colleagues in the Senate will continue to exercise leadership against the re-imposition of the death penalty rather than simply play to the crowd,” she stated.

Drilon earlier stated the measure bringing again capital punishment is already “dead” in the Senate as a minimum of 13 of his colleagues are anticipated to vote towards it.