MANILA, Philippines — Anti-drug operatives on Monday arrested Puerto Princesa Vice Mayor Luis Marcaida III in a drug raid on his residence in Palawan.
Marcaida was allegedly included in the high-value goal listing of the federal government.
The Philippine National Police Drug Enforcement Group and Philippine Drug Enforcement Special Enforcement Service, led by Superintendent Enrico Rigoro, performed the operation in Marcaida’s home in Barangay Bancao-Bancao at round four a.m. on Monday.
They served a search warrant issued by by Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 53 Executive Judge Reynaldo Alhambra.
The authorities recovered 30 sachets containing suspected shabu, a .22-cal rifle, three rifle grenades, a fragmentation grenade and 4 .45-cal pistols, ensuing in his arrest.
Due to the seized unlawful medication and firearms, Marcaida might be charged with unlawful possession of unlawful medication below Section 11 of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
Marcaida was implicated as a high-value goal after an area radio station obtained a recording of Senior Superintendent Ronnie Francis Cariag, Puerto Princesa City Police Office director, stating that the vice mayor was concerned in unlawful medication.
The recording was additionally performed on air.
The drug bust in Marcaida’s home got here after supporters of Mayor Lucilo Bayron, his former political ally, filed a recall petition in opposition to him.
Marcaida served as appearing mayor of Puerto Princesa final June after Bayron was slapped with a suspension order.
The ombudsman ordered Bayron’s dismissal from service and perpetual disqualification from holding public workplace for administrative offenses of great dishonesty and grave misconduct final December. However it later on downgraded the offense to easy dishonesty carrying a penalty of a three-month suspension.
Marcaida took his oath of workplace anew after going through one other dismissal order from the ombudsman. —Rosette Adel with experiences from Philippines News Agency / Celeste Anna Formoso
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