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  Thesis Statement  : Due to the increasing and alarming rate of heinous crimes in the country, should the Death Penalty Law be re-imposed? I.   Earlier this year, a member of the Senate pushed for the reinstatement of the death penalty, being convinced that the rise in the incidents of heinous crimes in the country is proof that the imposition of life imprisonment failed to deter criminal liability. A.   Heinous crimes  (as defined in the Preamble of R.A. No. 7659) [The] crimes punishable by death under this Act are heinous for being grievous, odious and hateful offenses and which, by reason of their inherent or manifest wickedness, viciousness, atrocity and perversity are repugnant and outrageous to the common standards and norms of decency and morality in a just, civilized and ordered society. B.   Capital punishment   or the death penalty   is a legal process whereby a person is put to death by the state as a punishment for a crime. The judicial decree that someone be punished in this manner is a death sentence, while the actual enforcement is an execution. II.   Brief Summary of the Death Penalty Law in the Country A.   RA 7659 , otherwise known as the Heinous Crime Law, was enacted wherein death penalty has been imposed involving heinous crimes. B.   Chief Justice Artemio Panganiban said the law on capital punishment “as written” was unconstitutional. He further said that “it is now up to Congress to repeal RA 7659”. C.   On 24 June 2006, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo signed into law Republic Act No. 9346, entitled An Act Prohibiting the Imposition of Death Penalty in the Philippines . III.   While the 1987 Constitution scrapped capital punishment, Congress was given the power to restore it on two conditions: (1) that it be restored for heinous crimes and (2) only on proof of compelling reasons. IV.   Heinous crimes continue to rise after the Death Penalty Law was banned. Hence, the move for its reinstatement. V.   Why Capital Punishment or Death Penalty Law should not be re-imposed? A.   Death penalty is not a proven deterrent to future murders. Amnesty International arrived to a conclusion that factors like education, unemployment and poverty are more relevant in crime causation rather than the absence of death penalty.   B.   There is always a possibility of error in condemning a person to death. The death penalty [alone] imposes irrevocable sentence, once an inmate is executed, nothing can be done to make amends if a mistake has been made. C.   The State has no right to deprive a person of his life. (Naturalistic View: God is the giver of life and only He can take it.) In the long run, the use of death penalty by the state will increase the acceptance of revenge in our society and will give official sanction to climate violence. If somebody commits a crime, let the government authorities punish that person but not to the extent of death penalty. VI.   Analysis and Conclusion
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