VP Robredo: Hindi Solusyon ang Death Penalty para Bumaba ang Kriminalidad ng Bansa

VP Robredo: She stressed that the reimposition of the penalty was not an assurance that crime incidence would go down

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CEBU CITY — “They can‘t silence us.”

Robredo told reporters on Friday that she would continue to voice out her her stand on issues even if these ran counter to the policies of the administration.

Robredo was in Cebu for a two-day visit.

She arrived on Friday for the launching of “Until We Heal,” a global campaign of Operation Smile in celebration of its 35th anniversary.

The campaign aims to expand the scope of its mission of doing reconstructive surgery on indigent children and young adults who have cleft palate and cleft lip.

Robredo, who was tapped as its Smile ambassador, went to the Visayas Community Medical Center to observe the surgical mission.

On Saturday, Robredo will hold a dialog with fisherfolk in San Remegio town in Cebu and grace the relaunching of “Jesse Robredo: The Quest for Good Governance,” a book by her late husband Jesse Robredo, at the Ayala Center Cebu.

The vice president said she had not lost hope that the death penalty bill would be overturned by the Senate.

She stressed that the reimposition of the penalty was not an assurance that crime incidence would go down. She pointed out that there was empirical data to support this claim.

Robredo also pointed out that the country had an “imperfect” criminal justice system, raising the possibility that the innocent may be wrongly judged as guilty.

The bill would also be anti-poor because most of those in death row were indigents who could not afford to hire a good lawyer, she added. [source]

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