Philip­pines pres­i­dent Duterte calls for rein­tro­duc­tion of death penalty ‘in case there is no God’

Malta Independent - - WORLD -

The Philip­pines pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte has called for the death penalty in the coun­try to be re­in­stated, claim­ing grow­ing athe­ism and ag­nos­ti­cism means peo­ple have a lack of fear and re­spect for the law.

The death penalty was of­fi­cially abol­ished in the largely Catholic coun­try in 2006, but Mr Duterte said that ‘if God doesn’t ex­ist’, cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment is the only way to en­sure jus­tice for the vic­tims of ter­ri­ble crimes.

Speak­ing in Manila, Mr Duterte also ques­tioned God’s ex­is­tence him­self and ad­dressed God di­rectly in his speech, ask­ing “where are you?”

He also hit out at priests and hu­man rights groups who he la­belled “bleed­ing hearts”, for say­ing the death penalty did not de­ter crime and said it was the fault of pre­vi­ous pres­i­dents for not us­ing cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment, the Philip­pines’ In­quirer.net re­ports.

He said: “Every pres­i­dent along the way didn’t im­pose it only be­cause the Catholic Church and all the bleed­ing hearts would say that only God could kill. But what if there is no God?”

He pointed at Isis and the plight of women and chil­dren in

Peo­ple ride a swing in front of the St. Paul’s church at the 183rd Ok­to­ber­fest beer fes­ti­val in Mu­nich, Ger­many on Mon­day. The world’s largest beer fes­ti­val will be held from 17 Septem­ber till 3 Oc­to­ber Pho­to­graph: AP

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