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Bacolod City, Philippines Thursday, July 7, 2016
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Pacquiao seeks death penalty
to boost fight vs. illegal drugs
BY CARLA GOMEZ

Boxing champ and Senator Manny Pacquiao yesterday said he has filed a bill for the restoration of the death penalty for those who commit heinous crimes, and in support of President Rodrigo Duterte's campaign against the proliferation illegal drugs.

The death penalty is not contradictory to his Christian faith, constitutionally and Biblically it is legal, he said , citing Romans 13: 1 to 7 that among others states that ”the authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted”.

Pacquiao, who was in Bacolod for the inauguration of the city officials led by Mayor Evelio Leonardia, said that, while at present, the death penalty is not allowed by law, the Constitution allows legislation to be passed for its imposition for compelling reasons involving heinous crimes.

The death penalty is needed to put a stop to the proliferation of illegal drugs in the Philippines that has triggered numerous heinous crimes from murders to rape, Pacquiao said.

We should support the campaign of the president against drugs, crimes and corruption if we want change to happen, the senator said. With the elections over, let us forget politics, he said.

“The Lord put him (Duterte) there to bring discipline to our country, Pacquiao added.

Since Duterte assumed the presidency we now see the extent of the drug problem in our country, Pacquiao noted.

Illegal drugs have reached even the remotest areas of the country where there are no cell sites and a lot of the young people die because of this, he said.

“We need to support the imposition of the death penalty versus those involved in drug trafficking,” Pacquiao added.

He called on drug dealers and users to stop what they are doing.

Pacquiao said he is against extra judicial killings, that is why he filed a bill for the death penalty so that there will be due process, he said.
It's a choice between extra judicial and judicialkillings, Pacquiao also said.

On the president's linking five generals to illegal drugs, Pacquiao said Duterte would not make suchrevelation if he does not have correct information behind it.

Pacquiao reiterated that he will hold Biblestudies in the Senate.We will not juststudy the Constitution, but share the word of God, he said.*CPG

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