Philippines: Pax Christi in the Philippines opposes move toward the death penalty


[from] The Catholic Church and human rights advocates on Panay and Negros Islands in the Philippines have stepped up their campaign against a move by the largely pro-Duterte House of Representatives to restore the death penalty. Msgr. Meliton Oso, executive director of the Jaro Archdiocese Social Action Center (Jasac), said the center had sent copies of a letter pleading to legislators representing Panay and Negros to vote against the bill to restore the death penalty, which critics said was being railroaded in the House. The letter, signed by Oso and 30 staffers of Jasac, pleaded to the legislators to “argue intelligently” against the restoration of the death penalty. … The Church leaders said the drug menace could not be solved if its root was not identified and addressed. “The deep root of the drug problem and criminality is poverty … the destruction of family and corruption in society,” said the Jasac letter, quoting from a statement of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines. The Catholic group Pax Christi Institute in Bacolod City opposed the death penalty, expressing fears about wrongful convictions under a corrupt justice system. “There is no clear evidence that the death penalty has a deterrent effect on crimes,” it said.
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