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Philippines Executes Rapist

January 4, 2000

MANILA, Philippines (AP) _ A man convicted of raping his daughter more than 100 times was put to death Tuesday in the seventh execution in the Philippines since capital punishment was re-imposed in the country in 1994.

Prison authorities said Alex Bartolome died after receiving a lethal injection in a chamber outside the national penitentiary in the Manila suburb of Muntinlupa city.

``We’ve killed the seventh, when will we put this to rest?″ said prison chaplain Roberto Olaguer, who was with Bartolome to the end.

In his last words, Bartolome, 41, asked for forgiveness from God, his victim and his mother, prison officials said.

Bartolome was convicted of raping his daughter between 1993 and 1995. The daughter, who was 14 when the abuse began, kept her ordeal to herself because her father threatened to kill her. She eventually went to her mother, who helped her file a case, court officials said.

About 30 other death row inmates have skipped one meal a day and refrained from smoking cigarettes since New Year’s Day in sympathy with Bartolome, Olaguer said. The convicts prayed at an altar adorned with paper cutouts forming the names of the six convicts put to death last year.

The Philippines abolished the death penalty a year after the 1986 ouster of dictator Ferdinand Marcos but restored it in 1994 in response to widespread crime.