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