NUMBERS SPEAK: The Bureau of Corrections on Tuesday reiterated support for the revival of death penalty, saying that heinous crimes increased at a staggering rate after capital punishment was abolished.
During Senate deliberations on bills seeking to restore death penalty, BuCor director Atty. Benjamin Delos Santos said there were 189 inmates convicted of heinous crimes before capital punishment was abolished in 2006.
But after the death penalty was revoked, this figure rose to 6,204 inmates, an "astonishing 3,280-percent increase of persons convicted for heinous crimes," Delos Santos said. The BuCor, he added, is set to give senators a full report on these figures.
The Senate committee on justice is deliberating on 6 bills seeking capital punishment. Three bills were filed by Senator Manny Pacquiao, while the 3 others were filed separately by Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III, Senator Panfilo Lacson and Senator Sherwin Gatchalian.