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Pope Declares Death Penalty Inadmissible in All Cases

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ROME — Pope Francis has declared the death penalty inadmissible in all cases because it is “an attack” on the “dignity of the person,” the Vatican announced on Thursday, in a definitive shift in Roman Catholic teaching that could put enormous pressure on lawmakers and politicians around the world.
Francis, who has spoken out against capital punishment before — including in 2015 in an address to Congress — added the change to the Catechism, the collection of beliefs for the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics.
The revision says the church would work “with determination” for the abolition of capital punishment worldwide.
“I think this will be a big deal for the future of the death penalty in the world,” said John Thavis, a Vatican expert and author. “People who work with prisoners on death row will be thrilled, and I think this will become a banner social justice issue for the church,” he added.
Sergio D’Elia, the secretary of Hands Off Cain, an association that works to abolish capital puni…

Filipino worker in Saudi saved from death penalty: DFA

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A female overseas Filipino worker was saved from the death penalty in Saudi Arabia and has returned to the Philippines, the Department of Foreign Affairs said yesterday.

The DFA did not identify the worker but described her as an "unwitting drug mule."

The DFA did not say how the OFW gained freedom. It only said she was saved through the efforts of the Philippine consulate in Jeddah and the law firm it engaged to assist the OFW.

Quoting reports from the consulate, the DFA said the OFW was imprisoned in Jeddah on Oct 9, 2013 after she was arrested for possession of illegal drugs. The drugs were found in the luggage she was carrying for a representative of her deployment agency in Manila, it said.

The DFA said the OFW was recommended by the Jeddah prosecution office to be put to death for drug smuggling and fined 100,000 Saudi riyals (about P1.4 million)

The OFW was repatriated to Manila on March 27 along with 4 other female OFWs after they completed their respective prison sentences in various detention facilities in the western region of Saudi Arabia.

The DFA also did not identify the 4 other OFWs.

Around 2.4 million Filipinos are living and working in the Middle East, with 1.2 million of them found in Saudi Arabia working in oil fields and medicine, service industries and as household helpers.

Source: malaya.com.ph, April 3, 2018


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