THE two-chamber Congress would do well now to restore the death penalty in the Philippines, which is still teeming with prohibited drugs, particularly shabu and marijuana, pushers and users.
This despite the fact that since he assumed the top political post of the land on June 30, 2016, President Duterte has waged a total war against illegal drug trafficking and drug abuse.
Surigao del Norte Rep. Robert Ace Barbers, chair of the House of Representatives’ committee on dangerous drugs, expressed the hope that the capital punishment be restored as soon as possible.
This came in the wake of the recent arrest of Albert Bobcock and Jan Allen Ledesma for allegedly producing and selling marijuana-laced candies to unsuspecting college students.
“A child would never know that these candies are spiked with drugs. For a young child, they might look like an ordinary treat, but clearly, they are very dangerous,” Barbers pointed out.
Studies show that consuming marijuana can have worse effects than smoking it. A child wouldn’t know about the dangers of illegal substance.
The congressman from Mindanao appealed to parents to be very vigilant and keep on reminding their children to always stay away from candies in strange and unfamiliar wrappings.
“Likewise, I am renewing my call for the restoration of the death penalty on drug-related crimes, especially on those crimes that involve minors,” Barbers said.
We agree with Barbers that there’s now that urgent need for Congress -- the Senate and the House of Representatives -- to impose the death penalty on drug-related crimes.
Let’s employ all means to curb rising crime in this impoverished Southeast Asian nation of English-speaking and election-crazy people.