Pacquiao defends death penalty: Even Jesus Christ was sentenced to death

'God allows governments to use capital punishment. Even Jesus Christ was sentenced to death because the government imposed the rule then,' says Senator Manny Pacquiao.

Senator Manny Pacquiao strongly defended the death penalty for drug cases. Saying both Bible and the Constitution allow capital punishment.

"Ano ba basis mo to oppose? Because of your religious beliefs or because of the Constitution? Siguro naman the Constitution allows death penalty for heinous crimes," Pacquiao said.

"And then sa Panginoon, biblically, binibigyan ng Panginoon ng karapatan ang government to use capital punishment. Even Jesus Christ nga nasentensyahan nang kamatayan dahil ang government nag-impose talaga ng kamatayan," he added, referring to Pontius Pilate, the governor who ordered the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

"You are not a good leader if you are making decisions with your own conscience. 'Di ito sa pakiramdam mo eh. Ang titignan mo 'di pansarili mo kundi sa sambayanan (This is not about what you feel. You should not focus on your own interests but on the Filipino people)," he said.

"Bible says, 'Thou shall not kill.' We are not talking individuals here, meaning kung nagkasala ka sa 'kin, 'di puwede ilagay batas sa akin na patayin kita (if you have sinned against me, I am not allowed to take the law into my own hands and kill you)," he said.

In his 1st privilege speech, the senator, citing Bible verses, had said God is for the death penalty.

"Are we greater than God because God is allowing death penalty in every nation and country?" he said.


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