A Return of Death Penalty in The Philippines

Today’s crime and violence rate in the Philippines is said to have distressingly increased over the past few years. And part of what made it disturbing is the act itself which involves rape and murder of minors. Because of this, the Congress will now decide if death penalty by lethal injection should be returned to address today’s increasingly disturbing crime and violence rate in the Philippines.

UPLB VictimsAcording to Philippines Current Events The first victim of a heinous crime of both rape and murder was Given Grace Cebanico, a 19yrs old student of UPLB taking a Computer Science Course. Her body was found on Apec Road at the outskirts of UPLB with stab wounds, her hands cuffed and her mouth gagged with a handkerchief.

Though crime has been partially served, in which the first suspect, a tricycle driver, is already serving his sentence, while the other suspect, a security guard, is still at-large, friends and families felt that justice has not yet been truly served while the other suspect of the rape-slay case is still at large, while the other one is serving years in jail.

According to Philippines News Today another victim of rape and murder was a 14yr old Sampaguita vendor, Rochel Geronda, which was found in Los Banos, Laguna on Wednesday morning, Fenruary 29. The victim’s body was seen in a banana plantation in Barangay Batong Malaki.

Other than Given Grace and Rochel Geronda, another victim was Rey Bernard Penaranda, an agriculture student in UPLB who was murdered by holdup men.

Ray Bernard Penaranda, an agriculture student, was killed at about 1:30 a.m. along F.O. Santos Street in Barangay (village) Batong Malake in Los Banos, Laguna. Although all three suspects have already been nabbed by the Police, friends and families still feels that justice has not yet been truly served while these three still lives.

Sta. Mesa Rape-Slay CaseRecently, a 7 year old girl was found dead in a house in Sta. Mesa which was also been allegedly raped. Though the suspects, a minor and an adult, were caught for the crime, their expressions tell that they are not afraid of their jail time, that the crime they looked proud of the crime they committed.

Death Penalty as a SolutionThese crimes and other more were the reason why death penalty by lethal injection is to be discussed in the Congress if it is applicable to take this measure again. However, many have suggested that lethal injection is not enough to frighten these criminals. Many suggest using a more heinous form of death penalty to stop this increasing crime-rate in the Philippines. For more information visit to our site at

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