Vice Mayor Luis Marcaida III underwent inquest proceedings before the City Prosecutor’s Office on Monday night, for violation of RA 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drug Act of 2002 and illegal possession of firearms and explosive devices.
A mandatory drug test conducted by the Palawan Provincial Police Office on Marcaida however yielded negative results, according to PSupt. Enrico Rigor of the Camp Crame-based Drug Enforcement Group which raided the Marcaida residence early Monday morning.
Rigor told Palawan News that the result of the drug test will not affect the evidence they have gathered against Marcaida and was only meant to determine if he has been taking illegal drugs.
“Para malaman kung may trace pa ng shabu sa kanya, nag-negative,”said Rigor.
He added that Marcaida will still be jailed while preliminary investigation is being conducted.
“Makukulong siya habang idinadaan sa regular preliminary investigation,” Rigor said.
Marcaida was given a 10-day period to file a counter-affidavit to refute the charges filed against him.
One of Marcaida’s bodyguards from whom authorities confiscated a gun during the raid will also face a case of illegal possession of firearm.
The PNP-DEG said on Monday following the raid on Marcaida’s residence they were acting on information volunteered by unidentified informants who reported that the official was hiding shabu in his residence.
The raid, conducted Monday dawn, yielded among others 30 sachets of shabu packed in a ziplock plastic bag, cash amounting to P280,000, a rifle and grenades. Marcaida had denied owning the confiscated items.