Rally vs death penalty set

THE Diocese of Bacolod will lead a prayer rally against the reimposition of the death penalty today.

The procession will start at 5 p.m. It will go around the Bacolod City public plaza then converge at San Sebastian Cathedral.

Initially, the Diocese announced that the procession will start from the Sacred Heart Seminary Shrine at Lizares Avenue, and end at the public plaza, but the plan was cancelled since Monday is a work day.

The procession will be followed by a talk on why the Catholic Church is against the death penalty.

Bishop Patricio Buzon will preside a concelebrated mass to commemorate the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, considered the patroness of the Pro-Life movements.

In the past years, the Diocese had been committed to educate the faithful regarding the teachings of the Catholic Church on various issues that deals with faith and morals, its press statement said.

The prayer rally, which will serve as a start for a Diocesan-wide education campaign against the death penalty, is expected to be attended by priests, religious men and women, parishioners, lay leaders, teachers and students from Catholic schools.

The restoration of capital punishment in the country is slated for plenary debates as the House justice committee last week approved the measure.

The bill enumerated heinous crimes punishable by death penalty, which include treason, piracy in general and mutiny on the high seas or in Philippine water, qualified piracy, qualified bribery, parricide, murder, infanticide, rape, kidnapping and serious illegal detention, robbery with violence against or intimidation of persons, destructive arson, plunder, possession of dangerous drugs, and carnapping.

The mode of capital punishment could either be through hanging, by firing squad or lethal injection. (MPE)
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