Puerto Princesa City Vice Mayor Luis Marcaida III said Wednesday he now feels “vindicated” because his name was not included in President Rodrigo Duterte’s new narco-list.
“Masaya po ako kasi kung makikita natin ‘yong listahan ng presidente, ito ay inilabas March 14, so latest siya. I feel very happy and especially vindicated because it is no less than the Republic of the Philippines’ president who vindicated me. Kaya ‘yong sinasabi noong mga nauna na meron daw listahan na lumalabas at nandoon daw tayo sa listahan pero wala naman talaga silang ipinakitang mga listahan pagkatapos ay nagkaroon ng operation laban sa atin. Nakulong tayo, nag-suffer po tayo ng one year and one month sa city jail, nilabas tayo, naglingkod tayo bilang vice mayor and suddenly here comes this narco-list of the president, malapit na ang eleksyon at wala po ‘yong pangalan natin. And it was personally the president who announced the list of names in the narco-list, inisa-isa niya, binabanggit ang mga pangalan,” Marcaida said.
Duterte on March 14 bared the names of narco-politicians in the country allegedly involved in illegal drugs.
Marcaida was arrested in September 2017 after his house was raided by police operatives of the Camp Crame-based PNP Drug Enforcement Group (PNP-DEG).
The raiding team led by Police Lieutenant Colonel Enrico Rigoros, backed by agents of the Puerto Princesa City Police Office (PPCPO) and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), served Marcaida a search warrant issued by Judge Reynaldo Alhambra of National Capital Region.
Recovered from his house were 30 plastic sachets of shabu and a .22 caliber revolver.
In October last year, the Regional Trial Court (RTC) granted Marcaida’s petition to pay bail amounting to P1.2 million to be released temporarily from detention for alleged illegal possession of drugs and firearms and ammunition.
Marcaida said it is ironic that he was jailed for illegal drugs, but his name is not in the new narco-list.
“Wala po tayong ginawa, nasa loob tayo ng kulungan, eh. One year akong nasa loob ng kulungan and while I was incarcerated, ang hinarap natin ay ‘yong kaso, hearing dito, hearing doon. ‘Yong wife ko naman wala naman silang nakakausap kasi nandito lang naman ‘yong wife ko, hindi naman sila umaalis. At noong paglabas ko, dire-diretso naman nagtrabaho tayo kaagad, wala rin naman akong nakausap sa Manila… ako sa tingin ko ay may divine providence na ito,” Marcaida said.