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Marcos, Sotto support death penalty for ‘big-time’ drug convicts


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Senators Imee Marcos and Vicente Sotto III expressed their support on imposing the death penalty for “big-time” drug convicts.

“Anti-poor ang death penalty eh… Makakakuha ng magagaling na abugado ang mayaman at ang mahirap ay hindi. Those who will only be meted the death penalty will be the poor ones,” Sotto said in an interview on ANC.

The death penalty is anti-poor. The rich can get good lawyers, and the poor can not. Those who will only be meted the death penalty will be the poor ones.)

“Only for high-level drug traffickers I will support, not just the regular drug traffickers,” the Senate President added.

Senator Imee Marcos, in a phone interview with GMA News Online, also said she would support capital punishment for “big fishes.”

I’m for the death penalty because the nature of the time has changed… Today, what we see in the international landscape are vast syndicates of multi-national corporations involved in drugs, terrorism, gun-running, human trafficking, and it’s very, very obvious that their tentacles extend from the police, the justice system, and even narco-policiticians, so kailangan ang death penalty as a deterrent,” Marcos said.

We are all pushing for capital offenses under the Dangerous Drugs law. Big fish, big fish, and then capital offenses. Don’t impose the death penalty on drug users and those arrested for possession. It’s shallow.)

Marcos appealed to Congress to start discussing the death penalty.

“At the very least, let us commence with the debate, and let’s hear all sides, all arguments, and all sectors. Kailangan eh, at least i-debate na ‘yan. Naku ha, isang taon na ‘yan maawa’t mahabag,” the senator, who has a pending death penalty bill, said.

“That’s the only time we can make a fair judgment. If we continue to keep it on the back burner, refuse to hear it, I think we will not be doing our jobs,” she added.

https://philippineslifestyle.com/marcos-sotto-support-death-penalty-for-big-time-drug-convicts/

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SkyMan

Not saying I disagree with them but it does seem interesting they are basing the punishment on the level of income?  Not sure that would really be a detorent since it would merely cause the 'big fish' to operate out of the country with only flunkies in country and that's probably already the case.  They could also include some of the bigger int'l kiddie p*orn peddlers like Scully and mass murderers, like Maguindanao, in this to get more support.

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softail
55 minutes ago, SkyMan said:

Not saying I disagree with them but it does seem interesting they are basing the punishment on the level of income?  Not sure that would really be a detorent since it would merely cause the 'big fish' to operate out of the country with only flunkies in country and that's probably already the case.  They could also include some of the bigger int'l kiddie p*orn peddlers like Scully and mass murderers, like Maguindanao, in this to get more support.

I agree with you, the scope is rather narrow, other crimes should also be included.

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Pacquiao reiterates death penalty is ‘biblical’
 

Senator Manny Pacquiao reiterated Wednesday that the death penalty for heinous crimes is “biblical,” citing God authorized the government to impose capital punishment.

“Maraming kontra, maraming pabor. Nahahati ang mind ng tao pero gustoko lang pong i-explain sa lahat na ang pag-reinstate ng death penalty sa bansa natin, hindi po illegal,” Pacquiao said during a Senate session.

Many opposes many favors. The minds of the people are divided, but I just want to explain to everyone that reinstating the death penalty in our country is not illegal.)

“Hindi po labag sa mata ng gobyerno, sa mata ng Panginoon dahil biblically po, allowed po ang gobyerno—the authority which is established by God—to impose death penalty [for heinous crimes],” he added.

(It is not against the eyes of the government, in the eyes of the Lord because biblically, the government — the authority which is established by God — is allowed to impose the death penalty for heinous crimes.)

Pacquiao, who was a devout Christian, has three pending death penalty bills in the upper chamber. They are Senate Bill No. 189 for the manufacturing and trafficking of dangerous drugs, Senate Bill 381 for kidnapping, and Senate Bill No. 382 for rape with homicide.

In 2017, the senator invoked the Bible in support of reintroducing capital punishment, saying that even Jesus Christ was sentenced to death.

“The Bible says ‘do not kill’. In the past it means that 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 said.

“Even Jesus Christ was sentenced to death by the government,” Pacquiao added.

The talks about reinstating the death penalty resurfaced after President Rodrigo Duterte renewed his push for the punishment during his fifth State of the Nation Address (SONA).

Former PNP chief and Senator Bato deal Rosa was first to support Duterte’s call.

Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) also fully supports the President’s call to impose the death penalty for drug offenses.

https://philippineslifestyle.com/pacquiao-reiterates-death-penalty-is-biblical/

 

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HongKongPhooey
16 hours ago, softail said:

“Even Jesus Christ was sentenced to death by the government,” Pacquiao added.

Seems like a very well thought out and rational supporting argument. Of course, according to the stories, Jesus was not killed for political reasons and to subdue the masses. He was a crack head who got a fair trial.


 

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On 7/28/2020 at 4:23 PM, softail said:

Senator Imee Marcos, in a phone interview with GMA News Online, also said she would support capital punishment for “big fishes.”

Like, for example, your parents?

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