Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Philippines Abolishes Death Penalty

On June 24, the feast of St. John the Baptist, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo of the Philippines presented Benedict XVI with a new law that abolishes the death penalty in her country, meaning that 1200 inmates on death row will now receive life in prison.

President Arroyo's move was praised by the Pope as a hopeful sign. However, the Filipino Church, the largest in Asia, will continue to speak out against the multitude of human rights abuses, including extrajudicial executions and mining operations, in the country.

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