NINE sacks of ammonium nitrate, an ingredient used in making explosives, were left behind in a taxi cab by a man last Monday in Navotas City.
City police chief, Supt. Eric Reyes, said a police patrol car happened to pass by the taxi, driven by Alfredo Loreto, 30, a resident of Barangay Acacia, Malabon City, at around 4 p.m. on Governor Pascual.
When he spotted the police vehicle, the lone passenger, an unidentified man, got out of the vehicle and ran away, leaving the nine sacks of ammonium nitrate behind.
Reyes said the driver told the police that the man whom he called “Larry” flagged him down in Malabon City and asked that he be brought to Sipac, Navotas City.
The driver added that he did not know that the sacks contained ammonium nitrate. Larry reportedly told him that the sacks were full of fish food.
The police later released the driver after being convinced that he did not have anything to do with the sacks of explosive materials.
According to Reyes, they were now monitoring certain areas to determine if there were warehouses for ammonium nitrate in the city.
The ingredient is one of the precursors in the manufacture of dynamites also used in illegal fishing. Navotas hosts one of the biggest fish ports in the country and is a major supplier of fish in Luzon.