- After his proclamation as senator, Manny Pacquiao said he is in favor of death penalty
- Pacquiao, a devout evangelical Christian, said that capital punishment is biblical and is not wrong in the eyes of God
- Senator-elect Joel Villanueva also said he is in favor of death penalty
After having sworn into office on Thursday, May 19, boxing legend-turned-senator Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao expressed his support for the restoration of the capital punishment in the Philippines.
The re-imposition of the death penalty was proposed by presumptive president Rodrigo Duterte and was met by strong opposition coming from human rights advocates and religious groups.
Pacquiao told reporters after the proclamation ceremony at the PICC that capital punishment is in fact in the Bible, as per an article published by Philstar.
“Pabor ako sa death penalty. Gusto kong i-explain sa inyo ha. Sa mata ng Panginoon, hindi bawal ‘yan. Actually, death penalty is biblical. I can explain that properly sa batas natin at sa batas ng Panginoon kung bakit kailangan may death penalty. Sa Romans chapter 13, basahin natin ‘yang one to seven. Malalaman natin ‘yan.” Pacquiao said.
[I am in favor of the death penalty. I want to explain. In the eyes of God, it is not wrong. Actually the death penalty is biblical. I can explain that properly in our laws and in God’s law why there should be a death penalty. In Romans chapter 13, you can read through verses 1-7. We will find that out.]
He explained, “Hindi naman ang Presidente ang hahatol ng kamatayan kung hindi ang government which is approved by God. Ang kailangan natin ayusin ay ang judiciary natin. Pantay ang paghatol sa sentensiya kung may kasalanan ka o wala, ” he said.
[It will not be the president who will sanction the death penalty but it is the government which is approved by God. What we need to fix is our judiciary system so that it will be fair in meting out sentences, if one has indeed committed a crime or not.]
Senator-elect Joel Villanueva, son of Jesus is Lord movement founder Eddie Villanueva, also said he is in favor of the revival of the death penalty, as per an article published by Inquirer.
“Yung mga kasuklam-suklam na krimen, kailangang pagbayaran”, said Villanueva.
[For atrocious crimes, the perpetrators should pay for them.]