Iloilo City has been included in the Honors List of Cities for Life – a worldwide festivity that supports the abolition of the death penalty.
“The people of Iloilo City join the global campaign in upholding respect for human rights,” Mayor Jed Patrick E. Mabilog said.
The local government celebrated the 12th International Day of the Cities for Life during a program held at City Hall, Dec. 2.
This is in response to the invitation of the Community of Sant’Egidio, an international organization based in Rome, Italy which advocates for the universal abolition of death penalty, Mabilog stated.
A candle was lighted by the mayor together with regional director Charito Zamora of the Parole and Probation Regional Office 6.
Other participating cities show their commitment for life and against the death penalty by illuminating a symbolic monument.
By this action, these cities demand a stay of all executions worldwide. There were 1,625 cities, mostly in countries that maintain the death penalty that joined the cause in 2012.