PDEA backs restoration of death penalty vs offenders in drug-fueled crimes

MANILA-- The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) on Monday stressed that the restoration of death penalty will be a strong deterrent against offenders of heinous crimes related to the use of illegal drugs.

PDEA Director General Isidro S. Lapena said this in light of the recent arrest of Carmelino IbaAez, a 26-year-old construction worker who killed five family members, including three children, while under the influence of drugs in a house in Bulacan.

The suspect admitted that he was high on drugs upon commission of the crime. Only drug-crazed persons can stab savagely his victims, including a helpless one-year-old child, multiple times and raped them after, LapeAa said in a statement.

LapeAa added that the killing spree all started when the suspect, after a night of drinking and shabu use, heard voices telling him to break into the house - an obvious sign of drug-induced hallucinations.

Harsher penalties must be dealt for people like IbaAez, manufacturers, smugglers, pushers and all the more coddlers and protectors of illegal drugs in the country, both foreign and domestic, who were proven guilty in court. They deserve nothing more than capital punishment, he said.

According to the recent Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey conducted from March 25 to 28, six in 10 Filipinos or 60 percent are in favor of the reimposition of the death penalty.

This goes to show that despite strong opposition from various sectors, including religious groups, a great majority of our countrymen supports the move. I agree that drug use is a health issue but we should treat it is as a criminal issue altogether, the PDEA chief said.

Chief Superintendent Aaron Aquino, Police Regional Office-3 (PRO3) director, said Ibanes, a native of Negros Occidental admitted the crimes in front of his mother and sister when he was arrested.

The suspect also confessed to the crimes in front of the media during the press conference, saying he was high on drugs during that time.

Aquino said that before the murder, Ibanes was in a drinking session with two friends identified only as alias Tony and alias Inggo.

After the drinking session, the trio bought "shabu" in a nearby area and consumed the hard drug.

Aquino said the knife, hair and other recovered pieces of evidence from the crimes scene were turned over to the Philippine National Police Headquarters in Camp Crame for examination

Source: Philippines News Agency