Church's Campaign Against Death Penalty

It is known to everybody that the last time the congress voted for the re-institution of the death penalty in the lower house, the pro death penalty claim a large margin of victory. Only a handful, a fourth of the total number of votes casts have stand the ground. The 54 men and women of the members of the lower house who stick to the dictates of their conscience even on the fear and intimidation and even losing the key positions of the committees and even funding from pork barrel.

One of the salient points in the discussion within the Presbyteral council of the Diocese of San Pablo is Have we done enough in the campaign against death penalty? Are we been deceived? or Have we deceived ourselves that what we have done is enough. or it is really an uphill battle because of the surrounding circumstances of which doctrinal formation is one of them.

I would like to thank God for the 54 men and women members of congress who voted No to death Penalty, and i ask the Lord to strengthen their resolve in defending the sacredness of life. They are:

Abaya, Francis (Cavite, 1st District)
Acosta-Alba, Maria Lourdes (Bukidnon, 1st District)
Aggabao, Maria Lourdes (Isabela, 4th District)
Alejano, Gary (Magdalo)
Amatong, Isagani (Zamboanga del Norte 3rd District)
Atienza Jr, Jose "Lito" (Buhay)
Bag-ao, Kaka (Dinagat Islands)
Baguilat, Teddy Jr (Ifugao)
Banal, Jorge (Quezon City 3rd District)
Belmonte, Jose Christopher (Quezon City 6th District)
Billones, Emmanuel (Capiz 1st District)
Bolilia, Lianda (Batangas 4th District)
Bordado, Gabriel Jr (Camarines Sur 3rd District)
Brosas, Arlene (Gabriela Women's Party)
Casilao, Ariel (Anakpawis)
Castro, France (ACT Teachers)
Chavez, Cecilia Leonila (Butil)
Daza, Raul (Northern Samar 1st District)
De Jesus, Emmi (Gabriela Women's Party)
Del Mar, Raul (Cebu City 1st District)
Elago, Sarah (Kabataan)
Erice, Edgar (Caloocan City 2nd District)
Escudero, Evelina (Sorsogon 1st District)
Ferrer, Juliet (Negros Occidental 4th District)
Flores, Florencio Jr (Bukidnon 2nd District)
Fortun, Lawrence (Agusan del Norte 1st District)
Fortuno, Salvio (Camarines Sur 5th District)
Garcia, Jose Enrique III (Bataan 2nd District)
Go, Mark (Baguio City)
Lacson, Virgilio (Manila Teachers)
Lagman, Edcel (Albay 1st District)
Limkaichong, Jocelyn (Negros Oriental 1st District)
Lopez, Manuel (Manila 1st District)
Macapagal-Arroyo, Gloria (Pampanga 2nd District)
Maceda, Edward Vera (Manila 4th District)
Marcoleta, Rodante (1-SAGIP)
Marcos, Imelda (Ilocos Norte 2nd District)
Mending, Makmod Jr (AMIN)
Paduano, Joseph (Abang Lingkod)
Panotes, Marisol (Camarines Norte 2nd District)
Pichay, Prospero Jr (Surigao del Sur 1st District)
Ramirez-Sato, Josephine (Occidental Mindoro)
Rocamora, Ramon (Siquijor)
Roque, Harry Jr (Kabayan)
Salon, Orestes (AGRI)
Santos-Recto, Vilma (Batangas, 6th District)
Tinio, Antonio (ACT Teachers)
Turabin-Hataman, Sitti (AMIN)
Vargas-Alfonso, Baby Aline (Cagayan, 2nd District)
Velarde, Mariano Michael Jr (Buhay)
Vergara, Rosanna (Nueva Ecija, 3rd District)
Villarin, Tom (Akbayan)
Zarate, Carlos Isagani (Bayan Muna)
Zubiri, Manuel (Bukidnon 3rd District)

The bishop of San Pablo, bishop Buenaventura Famadico will write them as a form of recognizing their effort on the move to defend life as it was mentioned on the last general priest assembly.

yes, it was also noted that no one from the five representatives of the congressional districts of the province of Laguna voted for No to death penalty. The presbyterate headed by the bishop of this diocese will also convey sadness to the five representatives of this province.  

The president of the catholic Bishop's Conference of the Philippines and our bishop have once more asks the faithful to pray unceasingly that death penalty will not be reinstated as a law of the land. Let us pray. Panalangin Laban sa Parusang Kamatayan.

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