Pacquiao supports death penalty

SENATOR Manny Pacquiao said he is supporting the reimposition of death penalty.

Pacquiao, who was in Bacolod City on Tuesday for the inaugural rites of the city officials, said that he wants to revive the capital punishment for heinous crimes like drug trafficking, kidnap-for-ransom, rape and murder.

The revival of death penalty is being pushed by President Rodrigo Duterte.

Pacquiao said he filed a bill seeking to reimpose death penalty for heinous crimes. It was one of the first 10 bills he filed on Tuesday.

He said that many were killed and were raped because of drugs. “There are many crimes that are drug-related,” he added.

“Constitutionally, biblically, death penalty is legal,” said Pacquiao, a Born Again Christian, adding that death penalty was cited in the Bible.

Meanwhile, the first bill filed in the House of Representatives was for the reimposition of death penalty, by incoming House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and Capiz Representative Fredenil Castro.

However, the proposed measure was through lethal injection and not by hanging, which is reportedly preferred by Duterte.

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