» 03/29/2011, 00.00
PHILIPPINES – CHINA
No to the death penalty, yes to help change those who err, Filipino bishop tells China
Speaking to AsiaNews, the prelate talks about three Filipinos on death row in China for drug trafficking. They are scheduled to be executed tomorrow. A prayer vigil was held today in Manila. For the bishop, countries rely on the death penalty because their justice system has failed.
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Msgr. Broderick Pabillo, Auxiliary of Manila, says that "the newly elected president has introduced a language of hatred and violence into the political landscape. We do not know how much of what he says is just propaganda". The mayor of Davao wants to ban alcohol, impose a curfew on minors and reintroduce hanging. "Death is never the way to build a better life."
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President Arroyo reassured the people the decision did not signal weakness on crime. She said the parliamentary decree would soon be signed into law, at which point 1,200 people on death row will see their sentences commuted to life imprisonment.
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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.
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