Gabriela Women’s party-list joined the netizens on giving their sympathy to the family of the 16-year-old grade 9 student Christine Lee Silawan who got victimized by alleged shabu users.
In a statement, Gabriela said that they’re condemning what happened Silawan who found by the authorities lifeless and half of her face was also peeled.
However, they said that the case of Silawan might be used by the government to revive capital punishment in the Philippines which outlawed during the Arroyo administration in 2006.
Gabriela also criticized the current administration and blamed the government for the rising cases of violence against women.
“We strongly condemn this monstrous act as we join calls for a thorough investigation so that justice may be attained. We are however wary that this case is now being used to push for the reimposition of the capital punishment,” the group wrote in a statement.
According to them, the calls on the revival of capital punishment reflected the failed justice system of the Duterte administration.
“Quickly resorting to the harshest penalty as solution glosses over the failed justice system and the macho-fascism entrenched in the Duterte regime,” Gabriel stated.
Gabriela bared their campaign in the upcoming days to encourage all the women to step up against the current administration.
The case of Silawan revived the call to the reimposition of capital punishment in the Philippines, saying that the suspects who victimized the 16-year-old Church server deserved to receive the harshest penalty possible.
However, the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Region 7 reminded the authorities and the netizens that the rights of the suspects still remain.