Easter blessings from UCAN
There is no more important week in the year for Christians than this Holy Week. We call it Holy because of the mystery we celebrate - God's gift of His son who loves us to his death on Calvary and beyond.
Because of that love, we wish each other Happy Easter even when we know there is a lot of tragedy about it - Good Friday. As Christians, we know that what we see happening with and in Jesus goes to the heart of what we know from our own experience of life.
At the Second Vatican Council, the Christian lives we all lead were described as being shares in the Paschal Mystery. We have our share in the death and resurrection of Jesus every day. Our lives are part of the Paschal Mystery.
At UCAN, we work to describe that mystery in the unfolding tragedies and astonishing blessings of the people we seek out and report, feature and comment on.
While at times deeply distressing work, this effort of ours gets its coherence in the same way the death of Jesus did - because of the astonishing grace of a God who never gives up on life and love.
Because of that, we can wish you Happy Easter.
Fr. Michael Kelly SJ
Amnesty lambasts death penalty plan
Congressmen propose execution for foreign drug traffickers
- ucanews.com reporter, Manila
- November 7, 2012
The Philippines abolished the death penalty in 2006 and President Benigno Aquino has rejected recent calls for its return.
However, Cagayan de Oro Representative Rufus Rodriguez and his brother Maximo Rodriguez Jr. have co-authoredÂ a House bill seeking to amend the countryâ€™s Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act.
The proposed law would involve convicted foreign drug traffickers being executed if their home countries alsoÂ implemented the death penalty for the same crime.
â€śIf the violator of any of the provisions of this act is an alien, the penalty to be imposed shall be the penalty prescribed by their national law,â€ť the draft bill states.
Rufus Rodriguez has cited the cases of Filipinos executed abroad, such as in China, as the reason for doing the same to foreigners in the Philippines, invoking â€śthe rule of equity and reciprocity.â€ť
Amnesty International said there is no justification in imposing the death penalty no matter what the crime and by whom.
â€śWe have all worked hard to abolish the death penalty in the Philippines and Amnesty International is stillÂ campaigning to protect everyone around the world from state sanctioned killings,â€ť Amnestyâ€™s Philippines Director Aurora A. Parong said today.
â€śWorking for 'equity and reciprocity' with regard to death penalty should not mean that we should execute foreigners just because Filipinos are being punished by the death penalty abroad,â€™â€™ Parong said.
â€śWhen we abolished the death penalty in the Philippines we directed the Philippine state to respect the right to life of everyone, not just Filipinos," she said.
The rights group said it is ready to lead massive public protest actions against the bill if it remains in Congress.
Pope supports death penalty opponents
Rights groups call for end to executions