LEGAZPI CITY, Jan. 14 (PNA) -- A ten-wheeler truck full of detonating assemblies from Metro Manila and bound for Agusan is now being held for safekeeping inside Camp Gen. Simeon A. Ola for the visit of Pope Francis in Leyte.
Chief Supt. Victor P. Deona, PNP Bicol regional director, said the truck is carrying 1,584 boxes of Nonel detonating assemblies intended for a mining company in Agusan Del Sur.
Deona said the trucks are being escorted by police officers from Camp Crame and the cargo has supporting documents to transport to Agusan for mining operations of the consignee.
The truck driven by one Arnel Cristobal left Manila on Jan. 9 but the Bicol police intercepted it once it entered the region because of its dangerous cargo whose transport coincided with the Papal visit to Tacloban so the local police did not allow it to proceed to its destination.
Deona said the truck will be allowed to proceed to its destination once the Pope leaves Leyte.
Even the police escorts were sent back to Metro Manila to be part of the force that will provide safety to the visit of the Pope on Jan. 15 - 19.
Supt. Liane Van de Belde of Camp Crame requested not to mention the plate number of the truck carrying the cargo for the security of the persons manning it and its cargo once it is allowed to travel.(PNA) FFC/FGS/EMC/CBD