Capital Punishment or D3ath Penalty or more commonly known as ‘Bitay’ is still a hot issue in our government. There has been varied opinions regarding this issue which is why it is still under debate as to it will be pushed for implementation or not.
Previously, d3ath penalty has been implemented in the country during Marcos regime and back in 1999 but it was stopped in 2006.
Have you ever wondered what was the age of the youngest person ever sentenced to Bitay? Well, allow us to let you have a little knowledge about him.
With the uproar nowadays over the Pangilinan Law which critics say have essentially allowed minors to commit cr1mes with impunity, a time occurred when the country really did—and could legally—execute a minor since they were considered adults at the time.
Marcial “Baby” Ama was born in Tondo, Manila. He was incarcerated for th3ft, and earned the nickname “baby” because of his boyish looks. Despite the abus3 he received in early days of in prison, he emerged as the leader of his own gang -” Sige sige”
Marcial gained folk hero status when his biography was filmed in 1976 with the movie “Bitayin si baby Ama” starring the late action star Rudy Fernandez and Alma Moreno.
According to the film, he was jailed for stealing money for a friend’s education. His youthful good looks have made him a target inside the jail and he was eventually nicknamed “Baby” on account of his baby-face.
He was repeatedly sod0mised and the final straw was when his pregnant wife was lured to a small hut by a prison guard and was r4ped. The event proved traumatic to the couple as his wife chose to commit su1cide with their unborn child.
That’s where all h3ll broke loose. He became a “tirador” inside the cell, rapidly disposing his tormentors and eventually becoming leader of his own prison mob.
According to Dok ni Juan, in1958, Baby Ama led the largest riot in the history of the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa, Philippines, with the d3ath of nine inmates(one was b3h3aded). The Supreme Court imposed the d3ath penalty after finding him guilty for stabbing to d3ath a man named Almario Bautista during the riot. He was electrocuted on 04 October 1961.
At the time, the law considered the legal age for men and women to be 16 and 14 respectively.
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