President-elect Rodrigo Duterte, who will have his inauguration on June 30, insists on pushing the death penalty despite the sermon of Pope Francis which criticized the imposition of the death penalty.
I’m asking for reimposition of death penalty so that I can hang them (criminals),” the incoming Pres. said during the turnover ceremony of the Davao City Police Office.
“They say that death penalty is inhuman. But what is so human about killing an 18-year old child or raping her? Drugs have reduced into human killing into bestial state,” Duterte added.
“Hindi iyan to deter. Whether you like to commit a crime or not, that’s not my business. Iyong death penalty to me is the retribution. Magbayad ka sa ginawa mo sa buhay na ito,” he said.
The highest head of the Catholic church declared in a video message to an anti-death penalty congress in Norway that “the commandment ‘Thou shalt not kill’ has absolute value and applies both to the innocent and to the guilty,” implicitly expressing to give chance to everyone, guilty or not.
Pope Francis added that “(it) must not be forgotten that the inviolable and God-given right to life also belongs to the criminal.”