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Bomb threat in bus terminal yields shabu

A bomb threat in a bus terminal in Pasay City Monday afternoon yielded six kilos of suspected shabu worth P30 million.

Policemen and Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) from the Malibay station responded to a call from terminal employees at 2:37 p.m. of a possible improvised explosive device.

But after a thorough search, no bomb was found.

After the lawmen left, an abandoned backpack was found inside a Davao-bound bus with plate number MVM 991.

SPO1 Ronaldo David of the Pasay City Police Station Anti-Illegal Drugs (SAID) said inside the backpack were four self-locking plastic bags containing the illegal drugs. Several pieces of shorts and a folded paper bag were also stuffed inside the bag.

David said Arnold Bobis, a 37-year-old assistant dispatcher, unloaded the bag and Glenn Tamposa, a 27-year-old employee, brought out the contents.

How the bag managed to elude security at the Grand Courier Transport Davao Bus Terminal remains a mystery.

The suspect, apparently alarmed by the presence of policemen, left in a huff. He was seated at bus number 28.

The abandoned bag was noticed by a female passenger who reported it to terminal employees.

“Nang macheck na wala namang bomba, nag-akyatan uli ‘yung mga pasahero. Kaya lang, napansin ng isang babae na wala na ‘yung katabi niyang lalaki tapos naiwan ‘yung bag sa ilalim,” David said.

The bus terminal had no closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras which the police can rely on to identify the suspect.

The suspected shabu was brought to the Southern Police District (SPD) crime laboratory in Taguig City for examination. (MARTIN SADONGDONG)