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Manny Pacquiao Cites Scriptures To Advocate For Capital Punishment In Philippines

Manny Pacquiao Cites Scriptures
(FILES) In this September 3, 2014 file photo, Filipino boxing star Manny Pacquiao gestures on arrival for a press conference with fellow boxer Chris Algieri in Los Angeles, California. Pacquiao called his boxing showdown with Floyd Mayweather "the fight of my life" as he got down to work pounding the streets and gym in Los Angeles. The eight-division world champion cranked into serious preparations for the May 2 fight after flying in for his training camp from his native Philippines. On March 2, 2015, Pacquiao ran two miles (3.2 km) and shadow-boxed for two rounds, followed by abdominal work and breakfast of steamed rice, scrambled egg, fish and chicken broth. AFP PHOTO / FREDERIC J. BROWN / FILESFREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images

Manny Pacquiao Cites Scriptures Filipino boxer and senator Manny Pacquiao has cited several bible verses in support of the restoration of capital punishment for drug dealers and other perpetrators

The 37-year-old Pacquiao, one of the most revered boxers and Christian celebrities on the planet, gave his first speech as a senator during a legislative session last week. The “Pacman” called for the restoration of capital punishment, saying that doing so would benefit many of law-abiding Filipinos.

Although the death penalty was repealed in the Philippines in 2006, Pacquiao talked about the destruction and “havoc” that the illegal drug trade is causing in the Philippines.

In calling for the death penalty to be restored, the devout born-again believer cited several verses from the Bible to justify the morality in the government taking the life of criminals.

“[The] death penalty is lawful, moral and sanctioned governmental action. Having read the Bible on a regular basis, I am convinced that God is not just a God of mercy, but He is also a god of justice,” Pacquiao asserted. “So, on the issue of the death penalty, I could not help but consult the Bible.”

Pacquiao first cited Genesis 9:6, which states: “Whoever sheds human blood, by human shall their blood be shed; for in the image of God has God made mankind.”

Pacquiao then moved to Exodus 21:12, which reads: “Anyone who strikes a person with a fatal blow is to be put to death.”

 In shifting to the New Testament, Pacquiao cited Romans 13:4.
“For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason,” the verse reads. “They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer.”

Although Pacquiao is calling for capital punishment, he stressed that the rights of suspects to fair trials must be respected. He also stressed if the government is not doing enough to hold criminals accountable, citizens might be liable to take the law “in their own hands.”

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Source: Christian Post

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