Twenty-five barrels of hydrochloric acid, which is used to make shabu, were seized by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) from a ship that arrived in Cebu from Liberia.
The passengers failed to provide documents to the Bureau of Customs (BOC) as they docked in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu, according to a report by Super Radyo Cebu that was aired on "24 Oras Weekend" on Saturday.
The captain of the ship said that their employer had ordered them to bring the chemicals needed to clean the ship from Japan.
The United States, Singapore, and South Korea were among the countries they claimed to come from, yet they were only flagged in the Philippines.
The PDEA said that it is against the law to ship hydrochloric acid in bulk without the required documents.
The BOC and PDEA will both file charges against the ship's management. —Sherylin Untalan/VBL, GMA News