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Pope: Death penalty fosters revenge

Pope Francis is amplifying his opposition to capital punishment, saying it’s an offense to life, contradicts God’s plan and serves no purpose for punishment.

A pro-life lawmaker has proposed a new alternative to President-elect Rodrigo Duterte’s death penalty by hanging and that is lifelong imprisonment with “productive labor.”

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While he is fully supportive of the incoming Duterte administration’s all-out war against crime, a pro-life lawmaker warned yesterday his colleagues against breathing life into death penalty, saying that it will not solve the lingering problem of criminality.

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IN line with his campaign promise to stop crime and the spread of drugs in the country in three to six months, presumptive President Rodrigo Duterte has proposed the restoration of the death penalty for its deterrent effect on crime. He even proposed that the penalty be carried out by hanging, instead of lethal injection which replaced the electric chair in the Philippines when the death penalty was still in force.

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Senators yesterday said they are ready to start the debates on the proposal of presumptive president Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte’s to reinstate the death penalty especially for high profile drug lords and criminals.

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Malacañang is leaving up to the next Congress to review the proposal of presumptive president-elect Davao City Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte to restore death penalty via hanging.

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