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Death penalty Here we go again VIEWPOINTS Archbishop Oscar V. Cruz 01/25/2011

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Death penalty Here we go again

Archbishop Oscar V. Cruz
There are more and more criminals in the country. There are more and more heinous crimes committed. There is more and more fear in the streets, in the community. Murders are ordinary events. Rapes are no longer big news. Hence, there is much anger among the people as there is a signal preoccupation among the legislators of the land.

Conclusion: After it was legislated, and after it was subsequently abolished, here we go again: There is loud clamor for the reinstitution of death penalty. Understandable but not acceptable.

This is not to say that the said reaction among the Filipinos and some members of the Legislative department is not pursuant to psychological and/or emotional factors. Yet, it remains unreasonable. There seems to be big cash and/or kind such as ransoms, cars, vendettas and other benefits. In this country, crime does pay particularly in no less than three counts.

First, there is the Legislative department itself that has been making more and more laws in the course of time, changing these in the course of time, if not actually abolishing them also in the course of time. It would not be an easy task to know or to keep track of what and how many laws the said department has enacted, derogated and/or abrogated in the past several decades and counting. By the way, the laws in the order of nature are but 10 which has been in fact even reduced into but Two – Love of God. Love of neighbor – in the order of grace. Yet, even these but Ten Commandments or simply Two Mandates are by and large ignored by humanity in general for centuries and counting..... MORE

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