By Theodore Shoebat
Manny Pacquiao is supporting what the Scripture declares on the death penalty, and has said that drug pushers and dealers are worthy of death and need to be executed. I did a whole video on this:
According to one report:
Christian boxing icon and Filipino politician Manny Pacquiao says the Bible gives the government the authority to impose death penalty on drug dealers and others who commit serious crimes.
In his first speech during a legislative session last week, Sen. Manny Pacquiao called for the death penalty to be restored in the Philippines. The popular Christian athlete said the implementation of capital punishment would benefit the Filipino people.
Sen. Pacquiao highlighted drug problem as one of the biggest issues in the Philippines, and said it is getting worse every day. The 37-year-old senator, who is a devout born-again Christian, cited Bible verses to justify death penalty for criminals and said that God is both God of mercy and a God of justice.
Citing Genesis 9:6 and Exodus 21:12, the “Pacman” said those who shed human blood should also be killed. From the New Testament, he quoted Romans 13:4, which warns that those who do wrong will answer to the authorities, who are also God’s servants tasked to punish the wrongdoer. The popular boxer then warned that drug addicts can victimize innocent people once they go out to the streets.
“Drug addicts are addicted to drugs, while drug lords are addicted to money,” he added. “We must speak to the criminal minds in the only language they understand,” said Sen. Pacquiao. “They must understand that our government will put a stop to impunity. They have profited from the blood of thousands upon thousands of Filipino youths. It must stop now.”
Meanwhile, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has expressed approval for the execution of criminals. In a statement, he warned them that they will be killed if they destroy the country’s youth,Vatican Radio reports.
When the United Nations (UN) expressed alarm over the more than 850 people killed in alleged summary executions, Duterte threatened to pull out of the organization. He said he intends to make good on his promise to wage a war against drugs and corruption in the Southeast Asian country.
Death penalty in the Philippines was repealed in 1987. However, it was reinstituted in 1993 and was again repealed in 2006.