Former Special Assistant to the President and 2019 senatorial candidate Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go on Wednesday said the gruesome murder and rape of a Grade 9 high school student in Cebu is a stark reminder of the need to revive capital punishment for heinous crimes.
“Naniniwala akong epektibong deterrent ang death penalty laban sa mga karumaldumal na krimen, katulad ng walang awa at mala-demonyong paggahasa, pagpatay at pagbalat pa sa mukha ni Christine Lee Silawan ng Cebu,” Go said referring to the victim.
“100% na pabor akong patawan ng parusang kamatayan ang mga kriminal na mapatunayang gumawa ng mga heinous crimes lalo na kung involving illegal drugs. Kabilang na dyan ang rape at murder na kinasangkutan ng taong lulong sa iligal na droga,” he said.
Silawan, 17, of Barangay Mactan in Lapu-Lapu City, was found dead on Monday, 11 March in a vacant lot in Sitio Mahayahay, Barangay Bankal also in Lapu-Lapu City. Her body was naked from the waist down. The skin on half of her face was ripped off and her neck was mangled.
A student of the Maribago High School, Christine was reported missing by her mother Sunday when she failed to return home after a church service.
Christine sustained a total of 20 stab wounds and nine more believed to be defense wounds, an indication that she tried to fight her attackers, according to the autopsy result.
Go appealed for the fast resolution of the case and arrest of the killers of Silawan.
“Nakatutok si Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte sa kaso ng brutal na pinatay na dalagita sa Lapu-Lapu city,” Go said emphasizing that the president has been receiving regular updates from authorities regarding any developments on the case.
In running for the Senate, Go had vowed to support President Rodrigo Duterte’s programs and policies, including the campaign against illegal drugs and criminality.
During the 2016 presidential election, Duterte promised to re-introduce the death penalty.
Capital punishment was reinstated in the country in 1993 through Republic Act 7659. But through RA 9346, the Philippines abolished the death penalty in 2006.
In March 2017, the House of Representatives approved a bill reviving the death penalty. However, the counterpart measure remains pending in the Senate