The Catholic bishops of the Philippines have issued a firm statement against the return of capital punishment.
“We regret that there are strident efforts to restore the death
penalty,” the bishops’ statement reads. “Though the crime be heinous, no
person is ever beyond redemption, and we have no right every giving up
on any person.”
The bishops’ statement, in which they “unequivocally oppose” bids to
restore capital punishment, was issued by Archbishop Socrates Villegas
of Lingayen-Dagupan, the president of the episcopal conference.
The Filipino bishops have repeatedly criticized an aggressive
campaign of vigilante justice against drug trafficking, in which
hundreds of suspected drug dealers have been killed.
Duterte has indicated his approval of the extra-judicial killings.