The debate about the re-imposition of death penalty is an on-going hot topic in the Philippines. With the ever popular support for President Rodrigo Duterte, people has become less compassionate towards drug users, rapists, and other criminals.
Students from the Universitiy of San Carlos (USC), the top tier school in Cebu City, Philippines organized a rally against the re-imposition of the death penalty bill as well as mitigating cases of extrajudicial killings (EJK). In addition, the university also opposes to lowering of the criminal age. However, the public seems not agreeable with their advocacy.
Last March 14, the entire USC community was invited by the student council for a university-wide noise barrage held simultaneously at three venues in Talamban, Downtown, and South campus.
Unfortunately, the netizens were not understandable enough to see the light of their cause. Random individuals shared photos of the rally to Facebook page, Cebu Flash Report.
The comment section were filled with hate speech and name calling towards the students. One of them say, “they could have studied so that they can use the money their parents for tuition fees”. Another say, “These students are forced to rally for grades”. Lastly, one of them narrated the story of the USC student who was raped in Lapu-Lapu City. When that happened, one USC student aggressively complained and said death penalty should be back.
However, these comment are baseless. As far as the invitation goes, the students who were in the rally come with their own freewill, not because a teacher or professor threatens to fail them. Secondly, it is part of USC’s advocacy to get involved with social issues — a responsibility of academic institution. Thirdly, there is no prohibition or sanction whatsoever for those USC students who support death penalty. If they are for the revival of the law, they can opt not to attend the rally.
Sad to say, in these times, it is hard to make an unpopular opinion. People can say what they want that makes them feel right.
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