Akbayan partylist today trooped to the House of Representatives to call on legislators to scrap the death penalty biĺl ahead of scheduled plenary voting this week.
“We all know the death penalty only hits the poor, and in 3 of every 4 cases, an innocent,” said Akbayan President Machris Cabreros. “Legislators have to remember that a vote for death penalty is therefore a vote against the poor.”
“We urge Congress to resist and scrap this priority administration bill for being anti-poor, whose utter cruelty only promises violence and not the certainty of justice,” added Cabreros.
Instead, Cabreros said, solons should vote for the dignity and the rule of law and justice for the poor by thumbing down the death penalty bill. “Strengthen our laws and let them apply to all, without exceptions to the likes of Peter Lim, Jack Lam and Janet Napoles.”