Bangon Pilipinas presidential aspirant Bro. Eddie Villanueva said ‚ÄúYes‚Äù for the restoration of the death penalty. His answer is quite a surprise because everyone knows that Bro. Eddie is a religious leader and founder of the Jesus is Lord Fellowship.
Bro. Eddie cited that the Death Penalty is biblical and it has biblical basis.
‚ÄúIt is biblical,‚Äù said the Jesus is Lord (JIL) born-again Christian group founder in told a forum organized by the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines in Makati City that the measure is effective against those involved in heinous crimes.
Villanueva said the re-imposition should be for heinous crimes ‚Äúcommitted by moneyed people, not by poor people.‚Äù
The crimes committed by moneyed people are usually plunder, syndicated kidnappings and warlordism, he said.
He said warlordism ‚Äúcaused the gruesome massacre of 57 innocent people in Maguindanao (last November 23, 2009).‚Äù
Among the other presidential bets who attended the forum, only independent candidate Senator Jamby Madrigal supported Villanueva‚Äôs call for the restoration of death penalty.
Madrigal pressed for the return of the capital punishment, specifically for plunderers. ‚ÄúWhen you plunder a country, you kill many people,‚Äù Madrigal said.
The five other presidential candidates namely Sen. Benigno ‚ÄúNoynoy‚Äù Aquino III of the Liberal Party, Sen. Richard Gordon of Bagumbayan Party, independent candidate Nicanor Perlas, and Councilor John Carlo ‚ÄúJC‚Äù de los Reyes of Ang Kapatiran Party ‚Äì were against the reimposition of the death penalty which was deferred by President Arroyo in June, 2006.
Sen. Manny Villar of the Nacionalista Party and former President Joseph Estrada of the Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino failed to attend the FOCAP forum.