Solons told: Make conscience vote on death penalty and don’t play God

Solons told: Make conscience vote on death penalty and don’t play God

MANILA, Feb. 9, 2017— A Catholic prison ministry official called on lawmakers not to be swayed by political pressures and vote on the death penalty bill according to their conscience.

Rodolfo Diamante, executive secretary of the bishops’ Commission on Prison Pastoral Care, said they are hoping legislators will follow their conscience in voting against “the taking away of the life of the person.”

“They should not sacrifice their principles in measure that will only satisfy the ego of the present leaders in the house,’ he said.

Railroading the bill

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez yesterday said members of the ruling party who are against the death penalty must resign.

He also warned those in the House leadership that they risk being ousted from their posts as deputy leaders and committee heads if they oppose the proposed measure.

Diamante also called on the House leadership not to railroad the passage of the bill and to allow more discussions on capital punishment.

“It is not worth it to pass a law that will not really serve justice to people concerned,” he said.

Plunder not included

The Catholic Church strongly opposes moves in Congress to reinstate the death penalty in the country.

The proposed bill seeks the death penalty for several crimes categorized as “heinous”, including some forms of murder, rape, and drug offenses.

Plunder was originally included among the crimes punishable by death, but the lawmakers in the majority bloc reportedly agreed to remove it from the list. (Roy Lagarde / CBCPNews)

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Former CBCP head tells Alvarez: Don’t play God

/ 02:36 PM February 09, 2017

Former Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president and Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop emeritus Oscar Cruz on Thursday advised House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez against playing God following the latter’s threat to remove those who opposed the death penalty bill from plum posts in the Duterte-allied supermajority in Congress.

READ: Alvarez warns House allies: Back death penalty, or else…

Archbishop Cruz also warned Alvarez  against removing “plunder” from the list of crimes punishable by death.

“Unang–una, he is playing God. Para bang siya ang may utos ng huwag kang papatay at siya rin ang magsasabi kung sino ang papatayin mo o hindi. Ikalawa, yung utos na ‘Thou shall not kill,’ walang nakalagay dun na except or provided or until basta ‘Thou shall not kill.’” Archbishop Cruz said in an interview over Church-run Radyo Veritas.

(First of all, he is playing God. It’s like he was the one who commanded that you shall not kill and that he is also the one who can say who should or should not be killed. Secondly, the commandment “Thou shall not kill,” it doesn’t state there “except,” or “provided,” or “until,” it just says “Thou shall not kill.”)

He also expressed worry over the prevalence of “political motives” in pushing for the reimposition the death penalty in the country.

“The boss of Congress is acting purely on political motives. Meaning to say kung ano ang sinabi ng boss ay siyang gagawin, nakakahiya, nakakasama ng kalooban (whatever the boss says, that’s what is done, it’s embarrassing, it’s hurtful),” Cruz said.

“Kahit na masama o mabuti ‘yung boss mo diyan sa gobyerno ay siyang susundin mo?” he added.

(Whether your boss in government is good or bad, you’d still obey him?)

CBCP Episcopal Commission on Migrants and Itinerant People Balanga Bishop Ruperto Santos condemned the speaker’s proposal to lower the minimum criminal liability age to 9 years old, from the current 15.

“Instead of [letting] more children be tagged as criminals, let us put all our efforts at {letting] children be children. Let us see to their health and education so they will grow up [as] good citizens. We should be concerned with peace and order, where everyone especially children are protected and secured in and out of the house,” he said.

He further explained that lowering the age of liability for crime will not solve crime.

“It will just increase the number of criminals. We are also responsible for every child that is thrown into criminality. Jesus said do not suffer the little ones for theirs is the kingdom of heaven,” Santos added. CDG/rga

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