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Is voting on death penalty bill fair?

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By Fr. Bel R. San Luis, SVD

By Fr. Bel R. San Luis, SVD

 

Is the voting on House Bill 4727 on the death penalty fair? The question is worth asking because why do the administration leaders have to exert so much pressure for party members to vote in favor of the bill?

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For instance, party officers of the House were told that if they vote against the death penalty bill, they will be removed from their positions. Isn’t that clearly influencing the voting’s outcome? In addition, it’s not far-fetched that some funds will flow in order to sway the undecided solons.

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Moreover, doesn’t such arm-twisting clearly violate the right to exercise one’s freedom of expression? If the death penalty bill is passed under such circumstance, will it be the true sentiment of the people’s representatives or a manipulated decision, hence, an empty victory and a travesty of justice?

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Recall how during the former Aquino administration, the members of Congress and Senate were pressured to vote in favor of the Reproductive Health Bill.

The voting was influenced by the attractive “incentives” coming from the multi-million pork barrel: DAP and PDAP.

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I am not in favor of the death penalty and it’s good that it was abolished during the term of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, now deputy speaker of the House of Representatives.

The first and foremost reason is that God and only God can take away life.

Secondly, those who are sentenced are poor inmates who cannot afford to pay lawyers unlike the rich who can pay the best lawyers of the land…or in some instances have the money to bribe judges.

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Moreover, a convict who’s sentenced for life can still reform and make reparation for his or her wrongdoing in prison.

Here is a true story which illustrates how one can rise from his sinful past and became a hero and “saint.”

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An escaped convict from Devil’s Island, the penal colony off the French Guiana coast, was sentenced to life imprisonment in connection with a murder in Marseilles, France.

While in prison, he suffered remorse of conscience.  Since he was a doctor, he devoted the remaining years of his life to ministering and curing the sick in the island.

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When he died at 72, the grateful residents gathered to pay their last respects to the man who had done so much good to them.

From a murderer, he became a healer and a hero.

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Once, in my conversation with Loved Flock charismatic community’s founder, once-feared politician in Ilocos Sur, and now congressman Bingbong Crisologo, he said that no-nonsense implementation of the law, more than the death penalty, is the best deterrence to wrongdoings.

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Sick indigents. There’s a saying: “Give a man a fish and he will live for a day; teach him how to fish and he will live for the rest of his life.” But there are sick indigents who need help because they’re so weak to even hold a fishing stick.

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These are the cases of Fr. Ruben Mamuad and Dante Cabansag both suffering from renal failure, R. Cayunda, M. Maranga, Jacky Lopez. How about alleviating their sufferings by contributing an amount to buy the necessary medications?

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For inquiries, e-mail me at: belsvd@gmail.com.

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  1. JUDE. Today, Thursday, join us in our novena to St. Jude Thaddeus at the Divine Word Shrine, Christ the King Seminary, on E. Rodriguez Boulevard, Quezon City, after the 6 p.m. Mass.

A healing pray-over and anointing of holy oil will follow.

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  • Mike_Realism

    Voting was never a fair process its all about whos got the numbers.

  • anne_mobile

    Deterrent nga raw sa gagawa pa ng mga punishable by death kaya nila pinupush yun maipasa. Now whilte it’s true that the criminal still has human rights, what about the rights of the people they destroyed, those who were victimized?