- Senator Manny Pacquiao expressed his support for the restoration of the death penalty in the country during his first privilege speech
- Pacquiao said that the death penalty can help discourage people from committing crimes and that the Bible supports its implementation
- Senators Leila de Lima and Risa Hontiveros pointed out that the fault justice system in the country could lead to the execution of innocent people
Neophyte Senator Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao on Monday gave his first privilege speech on the plenary floor. He used his speech to express his support for the restoration of the death penalty in the country.
"Mas magiging epektibo ang pagpapatupad ng batas kung lalagyan ito ng pangil, pangil na agad magpapahinang loob sa mga nagbabalak pa lamang gumawa ng kalokohan," Pacquiao argued.
(The implementation of the law would be more effective if it has more teeth, teeth that could immediately discourage people from putting into action their evil plans.)
According to the boxer / politician, the Bible also supports the restoration of the death penalty.
"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," the eight-division world boxing champion said.
However, various religious groups, particularly the Catholic Church, have pointed out that God said to people: “Thou shall not kill.” These religious groups also pointed out that Jesus Christ stopped the execution of a woman during His time and that He emphasized the forgiveness and tolerance for those who were torturing and killing Him.
Several senators, including Leila de Lima and Risa Hontiveros, also criticized Pacquiao’s arguments for the restoration of the death penalty.
"Di ba dinalaw niyo po si Mary Jane Veloso at ipinagdasal? Paano pag namatay ang inosente?" Hontiveros asked, citing the case of the Filipina who was accused of having involvement in the illegal drug trade in Indonesia.
(Did you not visit Mary Jane Veloso and pray for her? What if an innocent person is executed?)
De Lima added that it would be too risky to push for the restoration of the death penalty because there is always a chance that an innocent person would be executed, especially in the Philippines where the justice system is infamous for being faulty. – Kami Media