Duterte’s ignorance of the modern international trends and developments in the criminal justice system, criminology and penology manifested itself in his SONA today.
He claimed that the main purpose of our criminal laws is RETRIBUTION, which, as you know, is based on the ancient Old Testament axiom of “an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth”.
Duterte should familiarize himself with current Philippine laws and jurisprudence and listen to modern criminal law and social welfare lectures.
The true spirit of punishment after a conviction is rehabilitation, restorative justice, reformation, and reintegration of the former convicts back to the society.
Duterte lives in the realm of the feudal warlordism of the Dark Ages where death was synonymous with state security and general welfare.
Violence and hate rule his heart.
Duterte should start living in the twenty first century where the guiding civilized principles are compassion and total human development.