Pacquiao, the boxer, in favor of the death penalty? Very strange. He knows how the pain is physically unberabled when a boxer is forced back to the ropes of the ring by his opponent. But he likes the proposal of the new president, and his friend, Duterte to tighten a rope around the neck of criminals. To hang them. Manny Pacquiao, now a senator, has ideas no doubts. We are indeed sure that he had acquired certain objectives for a long time. Regarding death penalty he found inspiration in the Bible, quoting 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.) Because this quotation alone he now justifies the policies of Duterte. Policies that should go straight to their goal in order to consolidate the common good and civic values. However Pacquiao’s evangelical Christian teaching in the public space is a teaching like any other teaching, and teaching is purposeful action and not authoritative. So we expect from him not other citations from the Bible, but authoritative arguments, reasoned, documented on the death penalty. The debate between religion and civilization can be done in politics, but it is very fragile and putting to death sinners, infidels, becomes a godly and useful technique without ethics and heart. Instead is not a tecnique but a painful Knock Out to life. In the Philippines criminals and their gangs are still around. Rapes, robberies and kidnappings are so common that nobody bother to mention them anymore. Now the aspect that differentiates the Philippines is that all of these will be the priority measures of the on-coming 17th Philippine Congress, once it starts next July. Zero tolerance with maximum toughness against crime will be the key policy tool of the new government. Hence, Duterte promised also to cut red tape, reorganize the bureaucracy, put up a federal government; focus on education, infrastructure, agriculture and promote peace through dialogues with the Communist Party of the Philippines; offer Mindanao to Muslim Filipinos; and provide greater resources to local governments. All this he will initiate in three to six months, he said. If he is blocked in his reform moment, he will abolish Congress and declare a revolutionary government. But it has an ideological value too because, for instance, death penalty will associate the Filipino government to other non-democratic countries like China, but also to its powerful and democratic ally, the United States where this extreme mesure has never died.
Pacquiao and death penalty