CATARMAN, Northern Samar, Sept. 22 — The Northern Samar Philippine National Police recovered P3.5 million worth of explosives and other raw materials on September 20, 2020 in Brgy. Burabod of the island town of San Antonio, Northern Samar.

This was learned from a press release received by PIA Northern Samar.

The conduct of intelligence operation and investigation to the explosion incident happened in the town of San Antonio last September 17, 2020 led to the recovery of that explosives.

Seized and recovered were 34 kilos of tri-Nitro Toluene (TNT), 25,000 pieces blasting caps and 3.5 meters of detonating cord summed up to an estimated value of P3.5M.

“The recovered items are the primary components in making improvised dynamite allegedly used in illegal fishing,” said PNP Provincial Director Arnel J. Apud.

Apud further said, “what is more significant is, we were able to seize P3.5 million worth explosives that could be possibly used in destructing our marine ecosystem, and worst, human lives.”

“Our investigation will continue, and we ensure that those found liable will face appropriate charges,” Apud said.

The immediate action to penetrate the mountainous area was taken by the team composed of PNP Provincial Team headed by the Provincial Director PCol Arnel Apud, San Antonio Municipal Police Station, 1st Northern Samar Provincial Mobile Force Company, Explosive Ordinance and Canine Unit, Northern Samar Crime Laboratory Office and the Philippine Coast Guard.

The explosives and raw materials recovered were brought to San Antonio Municipal Police Station for documentation and afterwards turned-over to Northern Samar Provincial Explosive Ordinance and Canine Unit (PECU) for safekeeping and proper disposition. (ldl/ADiaz/PIA-Northern Samar)