POLICE arrested Puerto Princesa Vice Mayor Luis Marcaida III following a raid of his house where 30 sachets of alleged “shabu” and weapons were found, according to a report reaching the Philippine National Police (PNP) on Monday.
The raid was a joint operation of Princesa City Police Station, Palawan Provincial Police Office, the Philippine National Police Drug Enforcement Group, and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), the report said.
Aside from the 30 sachets of suspected shabu, one .22 cal rifle, three rifle grenades, one fragmentation grenade, and four .45 cal. pistols were recovered from Marcaida’s house in Barangay Bancao-Bancao.
Chief Superintendent Graciano Mijares led the raid by virtue of a search warrant issued by Manila Executive Judge Honorable Reynaldo Alhambra.
Barangay Captains Francisco Gabuco and Marilou Gumangan of Bancao-Bancao and San Pedro respectively witnessed the raid, along with members of the media.
Marcaida, who was on the drug list of the PNP, was considered a “high value target”.
Marcaida was mayor of Puerto Princesa for a few months after the Office of the Ombudsman dismissed incumbent Lucilo Bayron for “grave misconduct” in January.
Marcaida initially refused to vacate his position as mayor when Bayron was reinstated in June.