Diocese: No to death penalty


BALANGA CITY: The Diocese of Balanga on Sunday expressed its strong opposition to reimposition of death penalty in the country.

“We are working together against it because God gives life. It is His gift to us that we have to treasure and cherish,” Bishop Ruperto Santos of the Diocese of Balanga said.

The diocese comprise parishes in 11 towns and one city in Bataan.

The Bataan prelate said life being God-given should be protected and preserved.

It is not to be destroyed, he added.

“There is always hope and healing to anyone and even bad people can still be saved. Let us give chances for everybody to repent,” Santos said.

In the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines-Episcopal Commission on Migrants and Itinerant People (CBCP-ECMIP), according to him, they always appeal for mercy and clemency for Filipinos incarcerated in foreign lands.

“While here we are promoting death penalty, so we are sending the wrong message to those countries,” Santos, CBCP-ECMIP chairman, said.


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