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CBCP Welcomes Sotto, Lacson’s ‘Change of Heart’ On Death Penalty

It is the belief and firm stand of the Catholic Church that capital punishment "is not and will never be a solution to crime."

The Catholic Church has lauded Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III and Senator Panfilo Lacson’s retraction of their support for death penalty.

The Episcopal Commission on Prison Pastoral Care of the Philippine bishops’ conference, in a statement, said that lawmakers’ recent change of heart will help in the pro-life advocacy of the Church. (Read: Church Group Celebrates 15th Anniversary of Death Penalty Abolition)

“Coming from two prominent and veteran legislators, this will boost the Church’s advocacy against any moves to reintroduce capital punishment in our statute books,” its chairman, Bishop Joel Baylon, said.

Senators Lacson and Sotto are running for the top posts in the 2022 elections. They recently said that they are now against death penalty after years of seeking its reimposition.

It is the belief and firm stand of the Catholic Church that capital punishment “is not and will never be a solution to crime.”

“It is punitive and disregards the dignity, which is inherent in every human person,” Baylon said. (Read: PH Church, Catholic Groups Decry Reimposition of Death Penalty)

“We maintain that it is not the severity of punishment, but the certainty that a person, who commits a crime, will be held accountable for his acts and omissions, is what will deter crime,” he said.

The prelate added that the country’s penal system should allow reformation.

“A reform-based corrections program and sanctions, which promote rehabilitation and accept that every human being has the capacity to reform no matter how heinous his or her crime, is, to our mind, what true justice should be,” he said. (Read: Archbishop Oscar Cruz, Anti-Corruption Activist, Dies of COVID-19)

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