After Dacera’s case, Pacquiao renews call to revive death penalty

Following the death of flight attendant Christine Dacera, Senator Manny Pacquiao on Wednesday renewed the call to revive the death penalty and offered a P500,000 bounty for the arrest of suspects.
In a statement, Pacquiao expressed sympathy to Dacera’s family, noting the need to legislate measures that will reinstate death penalty for heinous crimes.

“Ang mga ganitong uri ng karumal-dumal na krimen ang dahilan kung bakit natin isinusulong ang pagbabalik ng death penalty. Walang puwang sa ating lipunan ang ganitong uri ng karahasan,” he said.

The lawmaker likewise offered a P500,000 bounty to anyone who will give information on the whereabouts of the suspects who were accused of rape and homicide.

While the investigation is on-going, Pacquiao also appealed to the public to let the police conduct a deeper investigation into the death of Dacera.

“Kung mapapatunayan na inabuso at pinaslang si Christine ay maituturing itong isang paglabag sa karapatang pantao na dapat lapatan din ng pinakamabigat na parusang kamatayan,” he said.

“Ang ganitong uri ng krimen ang dahilan kaya dapat ibalik ang parusang kamatayan,” he added.

To recall, Pacquiao filed Senate Bill 382 which seeks imposition of the death penalty to persons guilty of rape with homicide.

The 23-year-old flight attendant was found dead in a bathtub in one of the hotel rooms in Makati City last 1 January where she celebrated New Year’s Eve with her friends.

Dacera’s family claimed that the flight attendant was drugged and sexually abused.

However, one of the eleven suspects denied the rape allegations against them.

The National Bureau of Investigation is already helping the Philippine National Police in determining Christine’s “true cause of death.”

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