MANILA -- Senator-elect Manny Pacquiao favors the restoration of death penalty, stressing that capital punishment is in accordance with the teachings of the Bible.
“Pabor ako sa death penalty. Sa mata ng Panginoon hindi bawal 'yan,” the retired boxing champion said following his proclamation as senator on Thursday. “Actually death penalty is Biblical.”
“I can explain that properly sa batas natin at sa batas ng Panginoon na bakit kailangan may death penalty, sa Romans 13 basahin natin yan, 1-7.”
President-elect Rodrigo Duterte has proposed to restore the death penalty despite strong opposition from the Roman Catholic Church.
But Pacquiao, a practicing Evangelical Protestant, said he sees nothing wrong with the proposal.
“Hindi naman ang presidente ang maghahatol kundi ang government, authority which is approved by God,” he said.
“Ang kailangan lang nating ayusin, suportahan natin ang judiciary natin para siguradong pantay ang paghatol ng sentensya kung ikaw ay may kasalanan o wala.”
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Pacquiao also revealed plans to push free education from elementary to college and the strengthening of the grassroots program in sports.
“Magdi-discover tayo ng mga batang atleta na magagaling para makapagbigay ng karangalan sa bansa. Hindi lang sa boxing pati sa ibang sports,” he said.
For Pacquiao, the perennial lack of funds has hampered Filipino athletes from succeeding in international competitions.
“Kailangang mabigyan ng budget ang sports natin dahil walang budget ang sports,” he said.
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