MARAWI CITY -- Newly elected Marawi City Mayor Majul Gandamra said he will support moves by presumptive President Rodrigo Duterte's to bring back the death penalty.
Gandamra, a lawyer, said he believes the death penalty should be reinstated for heinous crimes like rape, murder, and drug-pushing.
But Gandambra said the proposed re-imposition of the death penalty would have to pass through all the legal processes.
“Kung ibabalik ‘yan, (it) will still pass through the process and approval in Congress and (the) Senate for further legislative deliberation dahil may batas na nagpawalang bisa ng death penalty,” Gandambra said.
"We will support the initiative of the newly elected President especially when the purpose is to eradicate the criminality and would benefit Marawi City. Kahit sa aming mga Maranaw hinidi mawawala ang pagpataw ng death penalty doon sa mga karumaldumal na krimen," Gandamra said.
Gandamra however, said ‘safety nets’ should be in place to avoid meting the death penalty on innocents.
“There were instances before that those whoe were killed were unfortunate individuals who lack logistics to defend themselves in court turned to be a sacrificial lambs like fall guys,” he said.
The incoming mayor of the country’s only Islamic city likewise vowed to fight illegal drugs syndicate with the participation of various stakeholders.
"Davao City is a good example to duplicate under the new administration of president Duterte. Deeply rooted na kasi ang mga pangyayari sa Marawi City that even my personal security has been sacrifice for the benefit of the constituents," Gandamra said.
"Handa akong harapin ang mga anomang hadlang sa aking administrasyon," he said.
Gandamra called on the residents of Marawi City to set aside politics and to help him bring peace and order in the city.