Duterte urged to restore death penalty after rape-slay

President-elect Rodrigo Duterte has been urged to restore the death penalty after a 3-year-old girl was raped and murdered in Davao Oriental.

Annjealhen Faith Alonzo was found dead by a neighbor in Purok Waling-waling, Barangay Puntalinao in the town of Banaybanay at around 11 a.m. Friday, May 27.

She was last seen sitting outside a church at Habitat Puntalinao and went missing since Wednesday night, May 25, a neighbor said in a Facebook post. Her parents reported to police at around 9:10 a.m. the following day.

Alonzo had no underwear when her lifeless body was found in a kanipa-an (area full of coconut palm leaves) just 200 meters away from her house.

At the crime scene, investigators found a pajama worn by the victim, a used cigarette stick, and a ballpen. An investigation on the rape-slay incident is underway.

Municipal mayor Ada Tambuang condemned the crime and offered a P100,000 cash reward to anyone who can provide information that could lead to the arrest of the perpetrator(s).

While the victim's family and relatives cried justice, town residents and netizens on social media urged Duterte to revive the death penalty immediately.