Newly-proclaimed senator-elect Manny Pacquiao will support the reinstatement of capital punishment in the country.
In his first interview after winning a senatorial seat, the boxer-turned-politician pointed out the biblical verses that guide his belief. “Sa Romans 13, basahin natin 'yang one to seven. Malalaman natin 'yan," he said, as reported by Philstar. "Hindi naman ang presidente ang maghahatol niyan, kun'di ang government.”
Pacquiao also said there is nothing wrong with the death penalty since God Himself does not forbid it. “Sa mata ng Panginoon, hindi bawal 'yan,” he argued. Pacquiao is perhaps referring to an excerpt from Romans 13 verse 4 which states: “But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer.”
Meanwhile, he told GMA News that he would make no promises regarding attendance in his upcoming duty as a senator of the country. “Alam n'yo, as a Christian, hindi yata tama 'yong mangako ka. Gagawin natin ang ating makakaya. Kapag nangako ka, for example, na perfect attendance ka, pero nagkasakit ka, hindi mo natupad 'yong pangako mo,” said Pacquiao.
The former congressman and recently retired boxer has been criticized over his horrendous attendance in the House of Representatives. In 2014, he was only present for a total of four times which prompted his colleagues to label him as an “absentee.” Despite this, Pacquiao’s popularity remains strong as he still managed to place seventh in the senatorial race with over 16 million votes.
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