CBCP vows to continuously block revival of death penalty

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Manila, Philippines – On Saturday, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) vowed to continuously block the passage of the death penalty bill.

The CBCP released a statement following the news that Senate will resume its hearing on death penalty this month.

The Senate will continue its public hearing in passing the bill to be led by Senator Manny Pacquiao.

“We will not give up in engaging lawmakers in working for justice that heals and respects the dignity of the human person,” Rodolfo Diamante said in a statement, the executive secretary of the CBCP-Episcopal Commission on Prison Pastoral Care.

“The CBCP-ECPC will continue to lobby for the passage of laws that will be consistent with the Gospel values,” he said. “We hope and pray that the members of the Senate will vote in accordance with their conscience.”

Next week, Senator Pacquiao as the head of the panel under the Committee on Justice will conduct a public hearing on eight pending measures about the revival of the death penalty in the country.

Meanwhile, Senator Panfilo Lacson earlier said that conducting hearings would just be a waste of time since majority of the senators are not in favor of the death penalty.

Opposition Sen. Francis Pangilinan, a member of the Liberal Party, said that he would continue to support the LP stand against death penalty.

However, Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III, one of the prominent supporter of reviving the death penalty, earlier said that he believed it would get a majority vote in the Senate if the penalty applied only to high-level drug traffickers.

 source: Manila Times

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