File photo of Vice Mayor Luis Marcaida III from the website of the City Government of Puerto Princesa.

Vice Mayor Luis Marcaida III, city mayoralty bet of Aksyon Demokratiko, conceded defeat on Tuesday to staunch rival and incumbent Mayor Lucilo Bayron of PDP-Laban.

Marcaida garnered 41,434 votes against Bayron’s 59,944 in the final vote tally of the city Commission on Elections (COMELEC).

Taking to social media, Marcaida thanked his supporters who helped him in his campaign and those who voted for him.

“Sa mga mahal kong kababayan sa Lungsod ng Puerto Princesa, ako po ay taus pusong nagpapasalamat sa lahat ng mga nagtiwala at sumuporta sa aking kandidatura at ganun din sa buong Team Aprub,” he said.

Marcaida also called for unity among the people now that the mayoralty race in Puerto Princesa is over.

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“Tapos na po ang halalan,nagsalita na ang mamamayan, panahon na po ng pagkakaisa at pagtutulungan…marahil ay may ibang plano sa akin ang ating panginoong diyos, ikinagagalak ko po na akoy nakapaglingkod sa ating mga mamamayan..muli maraming salamat po sa inyong lahat,” he said in his post.

Marcaida started his career in public service after he was elected twice as president of the Sangguniang Kabataan Federation in Puerto Princesa from 1996 to 2002.

After the SK, he then served as the youngest barangay chairman in Bancao-Bancao, a stint that set him off to run and win as an independent candidate in the City Council in 2007.

In the 2010 local elections, Marcaida was re-elected for a second term in the City Council and won as the No. 1 councilor.

Marcaida was elected as city vice mayor in 2013 and 2016 along with Bayron and the councilors in the Kuridas team.

Per records, he has authored 216 resolutions, co-sponsored and co-authored 222 more, proposed 13 ordinances, and co-authored 11 others more in the City Council.

In February 2017, Marcaida took his oath as the new mayor of Puerto Princesa after Bayron was dismissed from office by the Ombudsman in November 2016 due to “serious dishonesty and grave misconduct.”

It was a decision that Marcaida claimed was based on the Local Government Code and was ordered by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).

This move, however, did not sit well with Bayron who was doing everything to overturn the Ombudsman’s ruling and the Kuridas Team.

Shortly after, Bayron returned in June 2017 as mayor despite Marcaida initially refusing to vacate the office.

On September 4, 2019, anti-drug enforcement personnel from Camp Crame, Manila, arrested Marcaida following a dawn raid in his house.

The raiding team arrested Marcaida following the discovery of 30 plastic sachets of shabu reportedly found behind his portrait hanging on a wall inside his residence and .22 caliber gun.

In October 2018, the Palawan Regional Trial Court (RTC) granted his petition for bail on the drug charges and illegal possession of firearms and ammunition that were filed against for temporary liberty.

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