PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan – The local court here recently postponed the arraignment of Vice Mayor Luis Marcaida III, who is now detained at the Puerto Princesa City Jail (PPCJ) following a drug raid in his home almost two weeks ago.
Marcaida, who was supposed to be arraigned on September 12 at Branch 49 of the Regional Trial Court (RTC), had to wait before he is formally read the criminal charges against him as his lawyer wanted to first file a motion to quash the search warrant that a Manila court had issued against him.
“There was supposed to be an arraignment but I requested to defer it because I will be filing a motion to quash the search warrant, suppress evidence, and a motion to quash information,” said Marcaida's lawyer, Zoilo Cruzat on Tuesday.
Marcaida’s camp was given five days to file the motions, Cruzat added.
Marcaida is facing possible charges of illegal possession of drugs, firearms and ammunitions, as well as incendiary devices.
Joint operatives of the Philippine National Police in Camp Crame and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) found and seized them in his home in Jacana Road, Barangay Bancao-Bancao on the morning of September 4. (PNA)