By: Elena Grace Flores
Many were surprised why Manny Pacquiao is for the death penalty because it’s in the bible – and the Catholic church is against it. So before judging the church, try to understand what they are fighting for. Former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo abolished the capital punishment in the Philippines by signing the decree passed after the massive protests of Catholic groups when series of investigations led into conclusions that many innocent prisoners were killed through lethal injection for the crime they did not commit.
Maximano Asuncion, sentenced the first inmate executed this year, Leo Echegaray. The judge died before the verdict was carried out. According to this: http://www.gluckman.com/Death’Penalty.htm – Echegaray wasn’t meant to be the first person executed in the Philippines since 1976. Fernando Galera was. Sentenced to die for rape and robbery in April 1994, Galera could have been killed as early as 1997, but at the last minute the Supreme Court ruled that he was innocent. His case is common enough. Capital cases receive automatic review. From 1995 to 1998, the Supreme Court ruled on 55 cases in which the death penalty had been decreed. There were six acquittals, 22 affirmed sentences, 22 reductions and five instances when the case was referred back to the lower court.
Mark Lian Giangan, a Theological professor posted this: It is more evil to cause the death of the innocent than to let go of a criminal. This is the crux of the matter in having a death penalty law in the Philippines.