Vice Ganda against death penalty despite father's murder in 1991

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Vice Ganda says no to restoration of death penalty. He explains, "Pinatay ang tatay ko. Hindi makakapagbigay ng katarungan sa akin, bilang naulila, ang patayin din iyong pumatay sa tatay ko."


Vice Ganda is not in favor of the restoration of death penalty being proposed at the House of Representatives.

The 40-year-old It’s Showtime host is firm in his stance despite his experience with violent death.

His father, a barangay captain at the time, was shot to death in front of him in 1991.

“Pinatay ang tatay ko," Vice related to ABS-CBN News reporter MJ Felipe.

"Hindi makakapagbigay ng katarungan sa akin, bilang naulila, ang patayin din iyong pumatay sa tatay ko.

"Walang sinumang bata, walang sinumang anak ang nakaka-deserve ng ganoong bagay, ang mawalan ng magulang sa pamamagitan ng pagpatay.

“Kaya hindi ako naniniwala na dapat may pinapatay dahil mahalagang-mahalaga iyong buhay."

It was in 2011 at a press conference that Vice first spoke about witnessing the cold-blooded murder of his father.

He recalled, "Siyempre, di ba, sobrang traumatic.

"Yung tatay mo duguan, yung tatay ko dinala namin sa Chinese General Hospital, tapos ganun, patay, namatay sa paa ko yung tatay ko...”

Vice further related he has long since forgiven his father’s gunman, who remains at large to this day.

"Sobrang bigat, pero kasi, ano ako, e, kasi yung problema ko, gusto kong solusyunan agad, ayokong patagalin...

"Kaya hindi rin ganun katagal ang healing sa akin.

"Pero ngayon nga, nakikita ko yung pumatay sa tatay ko, okay na lang, binabati ko siya pati yung mga anak niya."

READ: Vice Ganda recalls how his father was killed in front of him


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