Pacquiao defends pro-death penalty stand

4
FOR DEATH Senator Manny Pacquiao defends his stand backing the reimposition of the death penalty in his first privilege speech at the Senate. PHOTO BY BOB DUNGO

FOR DEATH Senator Manny Pacquiao defends his stand backing the reimposition of the death penalty in his first privilege speech at the Senate. PHOTO BY BOB DUNGO

NEOPHYTE Senator Manny Pacquiao delivered his first privilege speech on Monday to defend his position backing the reimposition of the death penalty.

He said capital punishment is not only allowed by law but also by the Bible.

Pacquiao insisted that death penalty was never abolished in the country, it was only suspended and later repealed by Republic Act 9346, an act prohibiting the imposition of death penalty in the Philippines.

“Having read the bible on a regular basis, I am convinced that God is not just a God of mercy but he is also a God of justice,” he added.


In his 14-minute speech, Pacquiao cited several verses from the Old and New Testaments to back his position.

Pacquiao, a born again Christian, filed three bills seeking the reimposition of the death penalty on heinous crimes, including drug-related activities.

“We must speak to these criminal minds in the only language they understand. They must understand that our government will put a stop to impunity,” he added.

But the senator said that while there is a need to put more teeth in the law penalizing drug pushing, the right of the suspects to a fair trial must also be respected.

Several senators interpellated Pacquiao, including Sen. Leila De Lima, a known anti-death penalty advocate, who asked him if the penalty of life imprisonment could also be a deterrent to crime.

But Pacquiao said the absence of death penalty made the country attractive to drug lords.

Share.
.
Loading...

Please follow our commenting guidelines.

4 Comments

  1. Manny is doing what is right. The absence of death penalty then Philippines is safe haven for drug traffickers. Then one of us have solution to stop drugs rise you voice and say that to the President.

  2. Manny is correct to argue that death penalty is allowed based in the bible with certain conditions.The Old Testament law commanded the death penalty for various acts: murder (Exodus 21:12), kidnapping (Exodus 21:16), bestiality (Exodus 22:19), adultery (Leviticus 20:10), homosexuality (Leviticus 20:13), being a false prophet (Deuteronomy 13:5), prostitution and rape (Deuteronomy 22:24), and several other crimes. However, God often showed mercy when the death penalty was due. David committed adultery and murder, yet God did not demand his life be taken (2 Samuel 11:1-5, 14-17; 2 Samuel 12:13). Ultimately, every sin we commit should result in the death penalty because the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23). Thankfully, God demonstrates His love for us in not condemning us (Romans 5:8).

  3. Nonie Oldlover on

    Wala na siyang prinsipyo sumasakay siya sa agos ng politika kung saan liyamado doon siya, isa na rin siyang trapo

  4. Pastor Bagnas on

    Ang pagbigti ng kahit na anong may buhay ay hindi gusto ng Panginoong Diyos Ama na nasa langit ng paraan ng pagpatay.Iyan ay nasa Lumang Tipan ng Banal na Bibliya.
    Mas mabuti pa ang firing squad para sa death penalty.