The Otso Diretso senatorial lineup said recently that the brutal rape and murder of the Grade 9 student in Cebu is “not a good reason” to restore the death penalty. The members of the opposition ticket expressed their thoughts after the hashtag #YesToDeathPenalty trended on Twitter.
“Kinamumuhi ko at kinaiiyak ko ang pagbabalat sa babaeng ‘yun. Hindi po sana nangyari ito, but that should not bring out the animal in us,” Samira Gutoc said of the matter.
“Knee-jerk reactions triggered by reports about heinous crimes should not be the basis of the reimposition of capital punishment,” Florin Hilbay told reporters.
“This is a terrible crime for a student to suffer like this. But this is not a good reason to restore the death penalty,” Chel Diokno said.
All in all the candidates expressed their strong opinion against the return of the death penalty, revealing just how out of touch they might be with current voters, and netizens didn’t hesitate to give their opinion on the matter:
Some highlighted the fact that their comments might be a insensitive, seeing as the public is collectively seeking justice for the slain girl.
Some described the murder in gory detail.
This man, like a lot of others, asked for a little empathy.
and this person wanted say what we may have all been thinking
Joking aside, this does speak a lot on how different their views are than the majority of the Filipino people. Their intentions can be viewed as good by virtue, but people today demand action more than ideals, and for to be lobbying for the human rights of the men who ripped a girl’s tongue out of her head and skinned her face to the skull does not sit well with the people.