Angara supports death penalty for heinous crimes

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Posted at Sep 05 2019 11:21 AM | Updated as of Sep 05 2019 11:34 AM

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MANILA - Sen. Sonny Angara on Thursday said he would support restoring death penalty for heinous crimes.

Some senators revived calls for the revival of capital punishment during the Senate inquiry into the Bureau of Correction's supposed questionable implementation of the good conduct time allowance law.

"I think maybe for really very very heinous crimes. Let’s limit its application. Not like in 1993 where it was applicable to carnapping and crimes against property," Angara told ANC's Early Edition when asked if he would support the revival of the capital punishment.

The GCTA law, which Angara co-authored as a congressman, recently came under scrutiny following reports that it could lead to the release of Antonio Sanchez, a former Laguna mayor convicted in a 1990s rape-murder case that was among the most followed in the country.

Angara said Sanchez's release would have been "grossly unfair, aside from being violative of the rules and the law."

"There must be at least a publication, a notice in the case of heinous crime victims. Kawawa naman tong mga to, the parents did not even know at di pa pala nabayaran it seems (and they weren't yet compensated)," he said.

Aside from releasing the list of prisoners who may walk free, Angara also proposed that the detainees' karpeta or prison records be computerized.

"As pointed out during the hearings, yung karpeta sila (Bureau of Corrections) lang nakakakita, there’s no computerized records. Their word is law kumabaga," he said.

(As pointed out during the hearings, BuCor's the only one that can see the karpeta, there’s no computerized records. Their word is law.)