3488Govft urged to pay Echegarayfs kin (was Re: Abolishing the death penalty)
- Jun 12, 2006One way to improve the present judicial system (to make sure that
the person accused is really the culprit) is to require all
Filipinos to submit biological samples of themselves so that a DNA
database can be established. Newborns should be "genetically
fingerprinted" at birth. The police can then use this database to
compare it with specimens obtained from crime scenes and thereby
establish the identity of criminals. Come to think of it, this is
even better than the national ID system. ID photos can be faked.
Genetic material is iron clad. Of course, the idea of a DNA database
is Orwellian, and many people oppose it.
But we have choices to make here. If we want to ensure that only the
truly guilty are caught and the innocent are freed, then this
database is a step in the right direction and we should support its
creation. Are we willing to take this step? If this makes us uneasy
and we oppose this database, then we are left with a flawed judicial
system wherein misidentification is rampant and miscarriage of
justice is the inevitable result. We will never know for sure that
the person on death row deserves to be there. And even if the death
penalty is abolished, we will still not know for certain if the
person rotting in jail deserves to be there in the first place.
Changing the form of punishment will not solve the problem of
miscarriage of justice. You are simply rearranging chairs on the
--- In email@example.com, "pinoy_infidel"
> He was convicted. But it seems that capital punishment was not
> supposed to be meted to him because of the "fact" that the girl
> he raped was not his daughter or something like that. A crucialfact
> that the court failed to established. Silly enough, if the girl isnot
> his own, then the crime is not considered "heinous". I forgot topenalty
> inlcude the link to the story but I found this one instead:
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Romeo Macapobre"
> <romeo.macapobre@> wrote:
> > i didnt know echegaray was eventually found innocent.
> > what overturned the case. i have not been following the news ..
> > why are we (the public) paying for their mistakes.
> > max
> > 2006/6/11, pinoy_infidel <paetenian@>:
> > > Govft urged to pay Echegarayfs kin
> > > SC eerrorf sparks call for compensation
> > > FOR playing God, the government must pay.
> > > In what could be the most expensive gI am sorryh gesture the
> > > government could make, Senate Minority Leader and anti-death
> > > advocate Aquilino Pimentel Jr. yesterday suggested an amount offamily of
> > > between P5 million and P10 million as compensation to the
> > > Leo Echegaray for his gwrongful death.h
> > --
> > apprenons francais [rmacapobre-french.blogspot.com].
> > apprenons max [rmacapobre.blogspot.com].
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