Pac­quiao backs the death penalty

The Myanmar Times - - World -

PHILIP­PINE boxing icon-turned-se­na­tor Manny Pac­quiao used the Bible to de­fend restor­ing the death penalty for drug traf­fick­ers as “ap­proved by God”, back­ing a con­tro­ver­sial pro­posal of Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte.

The eight-di­vi­sion cham­pion and de­vout evan­gel­i­cal Chris­tian used his first se­nate speech to ar­gue for cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment, call­ing it law­ful and moral “es­pe­cially in the eyes of God”.

“When the gov­ern­ment pun­ishes, it’s not an in­di­vid­ual act. That’s ap­proved by God. That’s what the Bible says,” Mr Pac­quiao said.

“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.”

Mr Pac­quiao was elected to the se­nate in May on the back of his pop­u­lar­ity as a sports star among Filipinos.

Mr Duterte has de­clared a bloody crack­down on crime, es­pe­cially il­le­gal drugs, telling po­lice to shoot drug sus­pects.

Since Mr Duterte as­sumed of­fice on June 30, po­lice have re­ported killing more than 400 drug sus­pects while the coun­try’s largest broad­caster ABSCBN put the death toll at 852 to in­clude sum­mary ex­e­cu­tions.

In Washington, the United States ex­pressed con­cern over the ex­tra­ju­di­cial killings of drug sus­pects in the Philip­pines, a key US ally.

El­iz­a­beth Trudeau, a State De­part­ment spokesper­son, said on Au­gust 8 that the US was “con­cerned”.

“We be­lieve in rule of law. We be­lieve in due process.” –

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