Pampanga bishop rejects bid to revive death penalty

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Saturday, February 1, 2014


CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- San Fernando Archbishop Paciano Aniceto thumbed down proposals to revive the Death Penalty Law, which allows the use of lethal injection for judicial executions.

"No to the revival of the death penalty," said Aniceto.

Senator Vicente Sotto III on Thursday filed Senate Bill 2080, a measure seeking the revival of the death penalty, citing the indiscriminate and horrendous brutality happening across the country.

The senator noted that life imprisonment, the highest penalty carried out today, is a non-deterrent against criminality.

But for the archbishop, the sanctity of life must be respected.

"The sanctity of life must be respected as this is a gift from God. No man has the right to end the life of his brother. It is a strong commandment that our Good Shepherd has given," said Aniceto, as he stressed that it must be the cycle of violence that must be stopped.

"In my view, it must be the cycle of violence that must be stopped by our leaders and law enforcers. We at the CBCP (Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines) are for restorative justice and not ‘life for a life’ or death penalty," he added.

CBCP Episcopal Commission on Family and Life executive secretary Fr. Melvin Castro corroborated Aniceto's statements and said that the death penalty has proven to be an ineffective deterrent of crime.

"A life lost due to crime cannot be restored by ending the life of a criminal," he said.

The death penalty was restored in 1993 under the administration of former President Fidel Ramos but it was permanently suspended in 2006 during the leadership of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. (JTD)

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on February 02, 2014.

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