Both the Senate and House chambers of the Philippines on April 1st, 2015, have unilaterally passed Republic Act 10989 which will allow the Philippine government to execute all fixers. Anyone found guilty of taking bribes or payments to “facilitate” or “fix” government transactions, such as business permits, for economic and other gains will be executed within six months upon their conviction with no appeals allowed.
While capital punishment was abolished in the archipelago in 2006, the legislature decided to make an exception for this law and invoke the death penalty in all cases involving fixers in an effort to beef up the fight against corruption in the Philippines.
The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, CBCP, immediately filed a formal protest with the Philippines Supreme Court and urged the High Court to issue a TRO, Temporary Restraining Order, declaring the new law “inhumane” and especially insulting as it was passed during Holy Week.
The entire Philippines, save for the MILF, BIFF, and other terrorist factions in Mindanao, shuts down during Holy Week to observe the Crucifixion and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Philippines, which is 84% Catholic, strictly observes the Easter Celebration.
During this time many non-Catholics spend their time in karaoke bars drinking San Miguel Pale Pilsen and Red Horse beer and watching Jessica Soho on widescreen TV’s. Some pass the time at their nearest internet cafe updating their Facebook status from “it’s complicated” to “single” and back to “it’s complicated” again all in the same day.
The law, which goes into effect today, April 1st, is expected to reduce the population of the Philippines, which now stands at 100 million, by at least 25% once convictions are handed down and executions are carried out. The Philippine government sees this as a welcome additional benefit to the law as it will reduce the number of people needing government assistance and add billions of pesos to the government’s coffers.
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