Outgoing Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said she is against death penalty, even on convicted illegal recruiters, despite her earlier call for President-elect Rodrigo Duterte to put illegal recruiters in his order of battle.
She said that she remains pro-life and she firmly believes that even the most-hardened criminal should be given a chance to change his ways.
Baldoz clarified reports that she is for the inclusion of illegal recruitment among crimes punishable by death. She explained that the new administration may want to review the heinous nature of the crime as basis for the imposition of the death penalty.
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However, she believes that DOLE never ceased coming up with ways to educate Filipinos about illegal recruitment. Strong remedial measures must be implemented to complement preventive efforts.
Baldoz also believes that illegal recruitment can already be considered a syndicated or heinous crime given that many aspiring overseas Filipino workers are being victimized. Illegal recruitment is also considered as economic sabotage as it affects hundreds of lives.