Bishop reiterates desire to revive death penalty

August 30, 2010 10:02 am 

By Ferdinand G. Patinio

MANILA, Aug. 29 — A bishop has reiterated his support for the revival of the death penalty.

Bishop Efraim Tendero, national director, Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches (PCEC), expressed support on the proposal of Senator Miguel Zubiri to reimpose death penalty in the country.

“We are in favor of death penalty as it is biblical,” he said.

However, he said that the measure must be balanced by a reliable judicial system.

In 2006, the group criticized the decision of then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to abolish the death penalty.

The religious group said they support the imposition of death penalty, noting that capital crimes which lead to the loss of other lives deserve capital punishment.

“We uphold the principle of life for life. The punishment must fit the crime. The penalty must be commensurate to the gravity of the offense,” the group said in their statement four years ago.

Last week, Senator Zubiri filed Senate Bill No. 2383 seeking to revive death penalty as it would help deter the commission of heinous crimes in the country.

“Let us restore the death penalty for heinous crimes. I always say, if you do the crime, you do the time. Now I say, if you do a heinous crime, then you can say goodbye to your time," the lawmaker said.

The bill was filed in the midst of the bloody hostage-taking incident at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila on August 23, which left eight Hong Kong nationals dead, including Filipino hostage taker Rolando Mendoza. (PNA)

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