December 19, 2016
This is what we need in the West!
And it needs to be livestreamed!
Philippine Catholic leaders and rights groups on Monday condemned as “barbaric” President Rodrigo Duterte’s plan to restore the death penalty and execute “five or six” criminals daily.
Duterte, 71, has made reviving the death penalty in the mainly Catholic nation his top legislative priority as part of a brutal war on crime that has killed 5,300 people.
“There was death penalty before but nothing happened. Return that to me and I would do it every day: five or six (criminals). That’s for real,” Duterte said Saturday.
An official at the influential Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines said the Church “totally opposed” Duterte’s plan.
“The Philippines will be viewed as very barbaric,” Father Jerome Secillano, executive secretary at its public affairs office, told AFP.
“It’s going to make the Philippines the capital of death penalty in the world.”
That will make you look progressive, Father.
This is the direction the world is going in now.
Why don’t you honor your position and support it.
The Philippines abolished the death penalty in 2006 following fierce opposition to the penalty from the Catholic Church, the religion of 80 percent of Filipinos.
Before assuming office in June, Duterte vowed to introduce executions by hanging, saying he did not want to waste bullets and believed snapping the spinal cord was more humane than a firing squad.
Duterte has said he viewed the death penalty not as a means to deter crime but for retribution.
Duterte’s allies in the House of Representatives quickly pushed for the bill and said they would vote on it by January.
The United Nations’ human rights chief, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, said in a letter to the Philippine congress this month that reviving the death penalty would violate the country’s international obligations.
But on Saturday Duterte insisted executions were necessary to fight the drug scourge which he said was “destroying” the nation.
Why is the word “destroying” in quotations?
Is this some sort of ironic destruction?
This is a serious situation, and the nation will be destroyed by drugs unless all of the people responsible are killed.
Them’s the facts of life.