Rene Saguisag blasts Pacquiao for supporting ‘anti-poor’ death penalty: Remember where you came from
Former senator Rene Saguisag is dismayed at Senator Manny Pacquiao for supporting the revival of death penalty.
In his August 10 column for the Manila Times, Saguisag said the death penalty is “anti-poor” because only impoverished convicts will be executed under the Philippine justice system.
“The law represents the biases of the ruling class. Manny should consider the poor from whose ranks he came,” he said.
Pacquiao recently said death penalty is acceptable because it is in the Bible. While the senator said he supports capital punishment for heinous crimes, he is willing to limit it to drug trafficking to get his colleagues’ support.
However, Saguisag said Pacquiao should learn from Portugal’s experience and decriminalize drugs instead of executing convicts of drug-related crimes.
“By decriminalizing all drugs, the syndicates would wither and die, as government would supply the drugs. No rise in drug use in Portugal. In fact, it is going south,” he said.
Saguisag, a human rights abogado, said there is no need to “add judicial murder to extrajudicial killings.”
“An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, rape the rapist?” he asked, tongue in cheek.