Pacquiao stresses the need to reimpose death penalty, says even Jesus was sentenced to die

Senator Manny Pacquiao stressed the need to reimpose the death penalty for drug cases; saying that even Jesus Christ was given a death sentence. It was disclosed that the boxer-turned-politician, who is also a pastor, said it is not only the Constitution but also the Bible that allows capital punishment. “The Bible says do not kill. Ang ibig sabihin kasi noon pag nagkasala ka sa akin hindi kita puwedeng patayin [That means if you sinned against me I cannot kill you]. Let the authority handle that. We’re not talking about individually, but we’re talking the law of the land, which is approved by God and instituted by God.

The government is instituted by God,” he further stated. He pointed out that: “Even Jesus Christ nga nasentensyahan ng kamatayan dahil ang government nag-impose talaga ng kamatayan [Even Jesus Christ was sentenced to die because it was the government who made a decision to impose death penalty].” The senator added that he already tried to convince his colleagues in the Senate by explaining to them that they should decide on the proposed revival. “I already explained that to them properly, hindi tayo puwedeng mag-decision sa sarili because ito ang nararamdanan natin [that we should not come up with a decision based on our feelings]. Ano bang basis sa pag-oppose n’yo ng [What’s your basis in opposing] death penalty? Because of your religious beliefs or because of the Constitution?”
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