SENATOR-elect Manny Pacquiao is supporting the revival of death penalty in the country, saying the capital punishment is actually in the Bible.
"Sa mata ng Panginoon, hindi bawal 'yan. Death penalty is biblical, kaya kong i-explain 'yan. Sa batas natin at sa batas ng Panginoon," he said, after the proclamation of the 12 winning senators on Thursday.
Pacquiao, a born again Christian, said he favors restoring death penalty in support of the plan of presumptive president Rodrigo Duterte to end the drug menace and criminality in the country.
"Hindi ang presidente ang maghahatol ng kamatayan kundi ang government authority, which is approved by God. Ang kailangan natin ayusin ay ang judiciary natin. Pantay ang paghatol sa sentensiya kung may kasalanan ka o wala. Yun ang kailanga nating suriin mabuti," the boxing champ said.
Duterte had repeatedly said during the campaign that he will ask Congress to revive the capital punishment for heinous crimes such as drug use, rape, murder, robbery and kidnap for ransom.
"Those who destroy the lives of our children will be destroyed. Those who kill my country will be killed. Simple as that. No middle ground," Duterte was quoted as saying.
President Fidel Ramos restored the death penalty in 1993 but President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo abolished it in 2006. (Sunnex)