Bishops in Philippines will oppose bid to restore capital punishment
June 22, 2016
The Catholic bishops of the Philippines will strongly oppose a bid by newly elected President Rodrigo Duterte to restore the death penalty, the Fides news service reports.
Archbishop Socrates Villegas of Lingayen-Dagupan, the president of the country's episcopal cofnerence, says that he will ask to meet with Duterte in a bid to dissuade him from his plan to reintroduce capital punishment. Several other bishops have made statements opposing that plan.
Duterte campaigned for the presidency on a tough law-and-order platform, and argued for the execution of criminals convicted of grave crimes.
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