LINGAYEN, Pangasinan — The blue plastic container and its crystalline residue found by a fisherman floating some 30 kilometers off the town of Dasol in the West Philippine Sea on Jan. 30 this year, initially found to be negative of illegal drugs, will be submitted to the PNP Crime Laboratory in Camp Crame for confirmatory test.

This was bared by the Provincial Office (PPO) which earlier announced that the residue found in that plastic container was negative of illegal drugs, particularly methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu, based on the examination conducted by the PNP Crime Laboratory in Lingayen.

The initial result was reported by Sr. Supt. Edgar Allan Okubo, officer-in-charge of the Pangasinan Police Provincial Office (PPPO) in a talk to newsmen.

But he said the examination on the substance in that container continued to find out what this substance was.

Meanwhile, Chief Inp. Rodrigo Bruan, chief of police of Dasol, said the confirmatory test would be done in the face of numerous speculations that a drug syndicate was now manufacturing illegal drugs on board still unidentified vessels in international water and no longer on land.

Bruan told mediamen the laboratory examination conducted by the Pangasinan PNP Crime Laboratory showed the substance was not negative of illegal drugs but did not disclose what chemical it was.

Dasol Mayor Noel Nacar, president of the Pangasinan Mayors’ League (PML) called the PPPO at 9:00 p.m. on Jan. 30, informing that a blue plastic container was found floating in the West Philippine Sea, some30 kilometers west of Dasol town, with a residue which looked like white crystalline substance in the morning of that day.

Nacar said the container was found by one Rodolfo Cajegas Montes. 33, a fisherman from Barangay Petal, Dasol and brought this to the wharf in Barangay Petal. Upon reaching the wharf, he immediately informed the matter to their mayor.

The container with the chemical in it was first brought to the Dasol Police Station then to the PNP Crime Laboratory in Lingayen. PNA/