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Ifugao judge supports abolition of death penalty

By Vency D. Bulayungan

LAGAWE, Ifugao (27 June) -- Death penalty will not serve to rehabilitate the criminals because death means their end.

These were the words of Judge Joseph Baguilat of the Regional Trial Court (RTC) here during an interview in his office.

The newly appointed judge said that in criminal law, criminals are meant to be rehabilitated and not to take vengeance on them. The law is not punitive, the ultimate purpose there is to rehabilitate the perpetrators, Baguilat said.

Baguilat, 64 who was just appointed in January 23, 2006 said he is in favor of the abolition of the death penalty. However, he emphasized that he shares with the view of legislatives that criminals should not be paroled. Criminals should serve their full term he added. They should not be executed but they should not be paroled too, Baguilat said.

Baguilat opined that the abolition of the death penalty will not open the floodgates to heinous acts. Crimes are being committed as usual, he said.

Baguilat who took the place of Judge Fernando Flor was the former prosecutor of Branch 14 since September 3, 1991 up to June 15, 2006. Before he became a prosecutor, he was the chief of the Registry of Deeds here from November 7, 1985 to September 3, 1991.

Meanwhile, Ifugao Congressman Solomon Chungalao announced three other new Ifugao judges during the celebration of the 40th Founding Anniversary of the province on June 23, 2006 as follows: Judge Paul Attolba from the municipality of Alfonso Lista who was assigned at the Bayombong Municipal Trial Court (MTC), Judge Bill Buyuccan from Lagawe was assigned at the Bagabag MTC and Judge Andrew Dulnuan also from Lagawe was assigned at MTC Maddela all in the province of Nueva Vizcaya. (PIA) [top]

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