Former world boxing champion and current Philippine Senator Manny Pacquiao is advocating for the death penalty to be reinstated, giving Bible verses as support.
ChristianToday.com reports that Pacquiao was a Catholic who became a born-again Christian in 2012. In addition to being a boxing champion and a senator, he is a pastor.
Pacquiao believes that the death penalty is biblical and that reinstating it would help the country’s crime problem.
"I speak before you because of the signs of urgency on the issue of drug problem which has become alarming as it gets worse each day," Pacquiao told fellow senators.
"So, on the issue of the death penalty, I could not help but consult the Bible," he continued. The first verse he shared is Genesis 9:6, which states: "Whoever sheds human blood, by human shall their blood be shed; for in the image of God has God made mankind."
Pacquiao also cited Exodus 21:12 and Romans 13:4 to back his case.
Pacquiao has urged the government to take action to stop the drug epidemic. The government must “speak to the criminal minds in the only language they understand,” he said.
He also advocated for giving suspects a fair trial.
Publication date: August 23, 2016