We took a considerable stride in the defense of life when we repealed the Heinous Crimes Act that provided for the death penalty in what were considered "heinous crimes". We regret that there are strident efforts to restore the death penalty.
Though the crime be heinous, no person is ever beyond redemption, and we have no right ever giving up on any person. When we condemn violence, we cannot ourselves be its perpetrators, and when we decry murder, we cannot ourselves participate in murder, no matter that it may be accompanied by the trappings of judicial and legal process.
For the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines
+SOCRATES B. VILLEGAS
Archbishop of Lingayen-Dagupan
January 30, 2017