- The incoming president, known for his iron-fist and crime-busting actions, wanted to return the capital punishment not as a crime deterrent but as a retribution
- Pope Francis castigated imposition of death penalty against criminals and reminded everyone of God’s commandment: Thou shall not kill
- Duterte persisted on pushing its imposition
President-elect Rodrigo Duterte, who will have his inauguration on June 30, insists on pushing the death penalty by hanging days following the sermon of Pope Francis which criticized the imposition of the death penalty.
“I’m asking for reimposition of death penalty so that I can hang them (criminals),” the incoming leader said during the turnover ceremony of the Davao City Police Office.
“They say that death penalty is inhuman. But what is so human about killing an 18-year old child or raping her? Drugs have reduced into human killing into bestial state,” Duterte added.
“If there is death penalty, you won’t be afraid anymore because you will be killed,” he said.
Duterte repeated his earlier statement that death penalty is more of a vengeance than a prevention to the commission of the crime.
“Hindi iyan to deter. Whether you like to commit a crime or not, that’s not my business. Iyong death penalty to me is the retribution. Magbayad ka sa ginawa mo sa buhay na ito,” the incoming president said.
(It is not a crime deterrent. Whether you like to commit a crime or not, that’s not my business. Your death penalty to me is the retribution. You should pay for what you did in this life.)
The highest head of the Catholic church declared in a video message to an anti-death penalty congress in Norway that “the commandment ‘Thou shalt not kill’ has absolute value and applies both to the innocent and to the guilty,” implicitly expressing to give chance to everyone, guilty or not.
Pope Francis added that “(it) must not be forgotten that the inviolable and God-given right to life also belongs to the criminal.”
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