Former world champion and now Senator Manny Pacquiao favors the revival of the death penalty.
Just like President Rodrigo Duterte, he wants it to be carried out by hanging.
"For me the death penalty should be by hanging,” Pacquiao said in Boxing Scene.
The boxing superstar believes hanging is more “humane” compared to lethal injection. He said it favors both the criminal and the doctors forced to assist in carrying out the sentence.
“The law should also state that doctors are not allowed to kill people," he said.
The revival of the death penalty is part of the 10 bills Pacquiao filed on Tuesday. Three out of the proposed measures, seek to revive the death penalty for heinous crimes involving drugs, kidnapping and rape.
“Death penalty, to me, is a just retribution for a crime committed by a certain person. Gumawa ka ng kasalanan, kailangang pagbayaran mo. But the punishment must be commensurate to the crime committed,” Pacquiao said in a separate report by Philboxing.
The bills, labelled as "priority," seek to amend R.A. 9346, which prohibits the enforcement of death penalty in the Philippines.
The other bills he filed are the following:
• An act mandating the Philippine overseas employment administration (POEA) to publish, disseminate and update a handbook on the rights and responsibilities of migrant workers, amending for the purpose Republic Act No. 8042, otherwise known as the “migrant workers and overseas Filipinos act of 1995,” as amended;
• An act creating the Philippine Boxing Commission thereby strengthening the country’s standing in boxing sports, ensuring the welfare of Filipino boxers, and providing funds therefor;
• An act providing for the restoration of mandatory military training for all Grade 11 and Grade 12 students by reinstating Sections 38 and 39 of Republic Act No. 7077, otherwise known as the “Citizen Armed Force or Armed Forces of the Philippines Reservist Act”;
• An act granting maternity leave benefits equivalent to 180 days or six months to all women workers in the government and private sectors;
• An act establishing the wireless internet access program in all state universities and colleges in the country and appropriating funds therefor;
• An act providing for the establishment of a community fitness center in every barangay nationwide and appropriating funds; and
• An act increasing the composition of barangay officials, amending for the purpose Republic Act No. 7160, otherwise known as “the Local Government Code of 1991”, as amended.
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