Philippine bishops attack kill bill proponents
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Senior clerics tell those who justify death penalty through Scripture that Jesus was never an advocate of 'legal killing'
Women anti-death penalty protesters rally outside a Catholic church in Manila on March 8. (Photo by Angie de Silva)
Philippine bishops are not taking the proposed revival of capital punishment in the country sitting down. On March 19, the prelates went on the offensive, warning against the use of Scriptures to justify the death penalty.
"Need we point out how many other crimes against humanity have been justified using the same Bible?" said the country's bishops in a pastoral statement released on March 18.
As part of the government's intensified anti-narcotics campaign, the Lower House of Congress passed a bill early this month imposing the death penalty on seven drug-related offenses
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