Manny explains death by hanging: ‘Sisipain lang po yung upuan’
SENATOR Manny Pacquiao gave a sneak preview on Monday of how the death penalty could be done by hanging: “Sisipain lang po yung upuan.”
Pacquiao made this remark when he was interpellated by Senate Majority Leader Vicente “Tito” Sotto III immediately after he delivered his first privilege speech in the Senate to push for the reimposition of capital punishment on drug cases.
Sotto asked the neophyte senator if he had a preferred method of executing convicts.
The Majority Leader then enumerated four methods of execution: hanging, firing squad, electric chair and lethal injection.
The first two, Sotto said, are less expensive.
“Para po sa akin ay sa ngayon ay nanaig ay hanging or firing squad,” said Pacquiao, who was just elected senator last May.
“Dahil mura?” asked Sotto.
“Sisipain lang po yung upuan,” Pacquiao answered and the session hall exploded in laughter.
“Oo nga kaya nga ho naisip ko na baka nga mura…” Sotto, who also laughed at his colleague’s reply, said in jest.
But the Majority Leader was interrupted by Pacquiao, who went on with his joke about death by hanging.
“Pwede po nating sabihin na natumba lang ang upuan e,” the neophyte senator added.
Before the interpellations, Pacquiao delivered a passionate speech against the proliferation of illegal drugs and the need to reimpose capital punishment to put a stop to the problem.
He pointed out that while its implementation was suspended, the death penalty law was never abolished.
“Kaya’t nararapat nating linawin na mula noon hanggang, hindi kailanman ipinagbabawal sa Saligang-Batas ang parusang kamatayan lalung-lalo na sa mata ng Panginoon,” said the senator.
“Death penalty is lawful, moral, and sanctioned government action. Having read the Bible on a regular basis, I am convinced that God is not only just a God of mercy, but also a God of justice.”
Pacquiao said there is a need to put more teeth in the law to penalize drug-related activities without disregarding the rights of suspects to a fair trial./rga