» 01/14/2004, 00.00
Bishops ask presidential candidates to say "no" to death penalty
Bishops: Capital punishment is government's thirst for death
Filipino Catholics oppose return of the death penalty
Capital punishment was abolished in 2006. For the secretary of the Commission on Prison Pastoral Care, other means are available to prevent crimes and uphold the law, which is often broken because of the country’s high level of corruption and impunity.
21/04/2008 UAE - PHILIPPINES
Blasphemy: three Filipinos in jail in Sharjah, and one Turk faces death in Gedda
The three are accused, in the Emirates, of having ripped a page out of the Qur'an, according to an employee of the company that has fired them. In Saudi Arabia, the appeal process has opened for a barber condemned to death for blasphemy.
Poso bishop declares Catholics' death sentence unjust
Mgr Suwatan has come out in defence of three men convicted of igniting clashes between Christians and Muslims in Poso in 2000; the bishop said the Catholics were victims and not instigators of the violence and that the death penalty was excessive. Manado Diocese is praying for that the sentence be overturned.
Arroyo commutes 1,200 death sentences to life imprisonment
The announcement made at Easter was explained by "faith" reasons. The Catholic Church is for the decision; it has long been calling for abolition of the death penalty. But the families of victims are protesting.
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