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When it comes to the death penalty, guilt or innocence shouldn’t really matter to Christians.  

NASHVILLE — Until August, Tennessee had not put a prisoner to death in nearly a decade. Last Thursday, it performed its third execution in four months.
This was not a surprising turn of events. In each case, recourse to the courts had been exhausted. In each case Gov. Bill Haslam, a Republican, declined to intervene, though there were many reasons to justify intervening. Billy Ray Irick suffered from psychotic breaks that raised profound doubts about his ability to distinguish right from wrong. Edmund Zagorksi’s behavior in prison was so exemplary that even the warden pleaded for his life. David Earl Miller also suffered from mental illness and was a survivor of child abuse so horrific that he tried to kill himself when he was 6 years old.
Questions about the humanity of Tennessee’s lethal-injection protocol were so pervasive following the execution of Mr. Irick that both Mr. Zagorski and M…

Philippines: Solons support death penalty for drug cases

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Death penalty advocates in the House of Representatives are upbeat over Senate President Vicente Sotto III’s pronouncement of allowing the passage of the restoration of the capital punishment only for drug cases.

Led by Surigao del Norte Rep. Robert Ace Barbers, chairman of the House Committee on Illegal Drugs, administration lawmakers agree with Sotto’s position that the death sentence be reimposed in the country even if it will cover only high-level drug traffickers.

Reps. Arnolfo Teves (PDP-Laban, Negros Oriental); Sherwin Tugna (CIBAC Partylist) and Carlos Uybaretta (1-CARE Partylist) all voted for the passage of House Bill 4727 that provides for the restoration of the death penalty for drug-related cases.

Barbers explained that his original bill called for the imposition of the death sentence against persons found guilty of drug trafficking.

“But my bill was later consolidated with other bills seeking to re-impose the death sentence on a number of heinous offenses, including plunder,” said Barbers.

Sotto, who has been supportive of the Catholic Church’s stand against death penalty, divorce, and same-sex marriage, said he is willing to discuss with senators the proposal to reinstate the death sentence if it will be limited to illegal drugs cases.

The Senate president is a fierce anti-drug abuse crusader.  He was chairman of the Quezon City Anti-Drug Abuse Council, the Dangerous Drugs Board and the Senate Committee on Illegal Drugs.

A reformed drug user and now another vigorous anti-drug abuse advocate, Teves said Sotto’s pronouncement provides a good opening that would revive the bid to reinstate the death sentence.

It will be revealed that the death penalty was abolished in 2006 by then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo after it was re-imposed during the term of former President Fidel V. Ramos.

Source: Manila Bulletin, Ben Rosario, May 28, 2018


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