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Chel Diokno’s Cebu rape-slay won’t justify death penalty: Preserve crime scene, madali magcoerce ng confession!

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Senatorial candidate Chel Diokno said the gruesome rape-murder of Cebu teenager Christine Lee Silawan would not make him agree to the re-imposition of the death penalty.

“I must condole with the victim’s family. Talagang this is really a terrible crime, a tragedy for a student to suffer like this. I want justice,” said Diokno in a tweet.

“Having said that, I do not believe that this is a good reason to restore the death penalty. Sabi ko nga, at matagal ko na ring sinasabi to, hindi naman po yung pagpapataw ng death penalty ang makakapigil sa krimen,” said Diokno.

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“Yung panigurado na mapaparusahan sila, the certainty of punishment, is what will stop criminals, not the severity,” he added.

“Kung ibabalik natin ang death penalty, ang mahihirap din ang madadali diyan at maraming mangyayaring mga wrongful conviction. Kaya sa akin dapat ayusin natin ang ating justice system,” he said.

The student of Maribago High School was first reported missing by her mother after she failed to return home from serving as a collector in church on Sunday.

On March 11 (Monday), her body was found half-naked in a vacant lot in Sitio Mahayahay, Barangay Bankal in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu. The teenager was skinned to the skull and suffered multiple stab wounds.

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Diokno said what was important was for the police to protect the crime scene and gather evidence to pin down the real culprits and not just fall gjuys to satisfy the cry for justice.

“Kasi alam nyo, sa mga krimen na ganito, napakahalaga yung physical evidence. Madali lang po manakot ng testigo. Madali lang po mag-coerce ng confession,” said Diokno.

With a report from PNA

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