Pampanga parishes, schools display anti-death penalty posters

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Different parishes and Roman Catholic-run schools in Pampanga have displayed anti-death penalty posters as the Roman Catholic Church in Pampanga is urging its parishioners to continue to denounce the passage of the death penalty bill by the House of Representatives.

The posters have been in place just before the "Pampanga Walks for Life" last February 25 which was participated by the Catholics from the different towns and parishes of the Archdiocese in Pampanga. Posters have also been placed in Catholic run institutions.

In a statement, CBCP President Archbishop Socrates Villegas criticized the Lower House for giving its "consent for the State to kill." The CBCP said that death penalty "is an offense of the inviolability of life and to the dignity of the human person."

"The House of Representatives has given its consent for the State to kill. We, your bishops, are overcome with grief but we are not defeated nor shall we be silenced," CBCP president Archbishop Socrates Villegas said in a statement.

Some 217 representatives voted in favor of the death penalty measure under House Bill Number 4727. Some 54 voted against it and one abstained. Among those who opposed the bill is Pampanga Second District Representative Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

"They may have won, but it does not mean that they are right," Villegas said.

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