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Boxer Manny Pacquiao: “Drug traffickers deserve the death penalty”

February 8, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Boxer Manny Pacquiao: “Drug traffickers deserve the death penalty”

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Boxing legend Manny Pacquiao, the eight-time division world champion is once against fighting for a law that would inflict the death penalty on drug smugglers in the Philippines.

Pacquiao, who became a senator in his country last year, defended the controversial law on Tuesday during its first hearing in front of the Senate justice and human rights committee, Boxingscene.com reported.

“Drug traffickers deserve the death penalty. We need to take a stand against drug traffickers. On a personal level, I can forgive. However, the heinous crime of trafficking is committed not just against a person, but against the nation.” Pacquiao said, GMA News reported.

Pacquiao, who one day hopes to become the President of the Philippines, is the author of three death penalty bills on crimes involving aggravated rape, kidnapping, and drugs.

“There is a need to enact a measure that will decisively repress drug trafficking,” Pacquiao added. “We can’t ignore the immensity of the drug problem in our country. We can’t maintain the status quo.”

In regards to his fighting career, the loose ends are coming together for a defense of the WBO welterweight title in April. His promoter, Bob Arum, is putting the final touches on a proposed fight against undefeated 2012 Australian Olympian Jeff Horn.

Manny Pacquiao returned to the boxing ring last November when he won the WBO world titles from once-beaten Jessie Vargas.

He wants to have at least two fights in 2017 and two more in 2018, before deciding the future of his boxing career.

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