Watch: Sen Manny Pacquiao Jokes About Death Penalty Bill by Hanging, “Just Kick the Chair” (Video)
Senator Manny Pacquiao delivered his first privilege speech in the Senate this Monday, August 6, and pointed out his views on his death penalty bill. Shortly, the Pinoy boxing champion was asked on his preferred mode of death execution. In his response, the neophyte senator cracked a joke but immediately apologized. Watch the video below.
Pacquiao, who recently returned to PBA and is set to have a comeback in boxing this November, defended his Senate Bill No. 185 which seeks the restoration of death penalty. The 8-division boxing champion, and now pastor mentioned some Bible verses such as Genesis 9:6, Exodus, 21:12, and Romans 13:4 as his references for his proposed law.
Sen Pacquiao noted that although death penalty has been repealed, it was not really abolished. He cited Article 3, Section 19 of the 1987 Constitution, which states, “Excessive fines shall not be imposed, not cruel, degrading, or inhuman punishment inflicted. Neither shall death penalty be imposed, unless, for compelling reasons involving heinous crimes.”
Nevertheless, fellow neophyte senators Leila de Lima and Risa Hontiveros, who are both known to be anti death penalty advocates questioned Pacquiao’s Senate bill. Sen Hontiveros reminded Pacquiao about the case of OFW Mary Jane Veloso, who was sentenced to death by firing squad in Indonesia over illegal drugs but was eventually freed.
On the other hand, Sen de Lima, who was the Justice Secretary during the Aquino administration, told Sen Pacquiao that criminal justice system in the Philippines should first be fixed before restoring death penalty. The former CHR (Commission on Human Rights) chairperson noted that there is a huge possibility that an innocent person be sentenced to death.
On the other hand, Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III asked Sen Pacquaio on how he wants convicted criminals to die. After posing for awhile, the Pambansang Kamao said that he was in favor of hanging or firing squad. Sen Sotto asked him is it’s because it’s cheaper, and Pacquiao replied, “Sisipain lang ang upuan (We’ll just kick the chair).”
As expected, Pacquiao’s joke drew laughter in the plenary hall. However, Senator Francis Pangilinan was not happy at all, and reminded the boxer-senator that joking about killing a convicted criminals is not funny. Sen. Pacquiao immediately apologized and admitted his mistake.