Pacquiao: God okays gov't killing criminals

Sen. Manny Pacquiao, invoking what he said was a verse from the Bible, stood pat on his argument that the revival of the death penalty would not run counter to Christian teaching, in spite of Pope Francis’ statement that capital punishment was “inadmissible.”

“I agree it’s wrong to kill, okay, individually, we’re forbidden from killing … but you can read in the Bible, the authority, meaning the government, is given power to impose death penalty,” he told reporters.
SOURCE: Pacquiao cites Bible: Gov’t can kill criminals By: DJ Yap - Reporter / @deejayapINQ Philippine Daily Inquirer / 05:35 AM August 08, 2018 Read more: Follow us: @inquirerdotnet on Twitter | inquirerdotnet on Facebook

Emmanuel Dapidran Pacquiao, PLH is a Filipino professional boxer and politician, currently serving as a Senator of the Philippines. He currently ranks #4 in BoxRec's ranking of the greatest pound for pound boxers of all time.

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