Monday, September 19, 2016

Filipino bishops seek to stop death penalty revival

President Duterte wants reintroductionBishops in the Philippines have appealed to legislators to oppose any attempt to revive capital punishment, reports Ucanews.

The Bishops said the death penalty transgresses the dignity of the human person and contradicts God’s plan for individuals and society.

"We ask Catholic lawmakers to withhold support from any attempt to restore the death penalty," read a statement released on Wednesday entitled "Ethical Guidelines on the Proposals to Restore Death Penalty."

"It must not be forgotten that the inviolable and God-given right to life also belongs to the criminal," read their statement.

Capital punishment was abolished in the Philippines in 2006.

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