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Go USTe! De Lima urges Thomasians to stay strong in opposing death penalty

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Senator Leila de Lima has urged the community of the University of Santo Tomas (UST) to remain steadfast in its opposition to the restoration of the death penalty.

De Lima, who is also against the return of capital punishment, said there can be no justice in a society unaware of the values of charity and mercy.

“Keep it up. I know that standing up against death penalty jives perfectly with the three core Thomasian values that the University promotes, namely, competence, compassion and commitment,” she told The Varsitarian, UST’s official student paper, in an interview while in detention in Camp Crame.

“Hold on to your convictions and commitment to the pursuit of truth and to service to the community,” she added.

De Lima has been in jail since February over drug-related charges filed by the Department of Justice.

President Rodrigo Duterte has made the restoration of death penalty for heinous crimes one of his legislative priorities.

The House of Representatives has passed the bill bringing back capital punishment on third and final reading in March. The Senate, however, has yet to act on it.