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Anthony Garcia, Luke Espiritu, Arnel Ambid and Helen Lamayo (l-r) at a press conference on the Escalante killings yesterday*

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13 inmates flee in Sagay

Thirteen inmates of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology in Sagay City, Negros Occidental, broke out of jail at about 5:30 p.m. yesterday, and manhunt operations are ongoing, Senior Supt. Ricardo de la Paz, OIC police provincial director, said.

An initial report showed that inmate Rolando Bajo pointed a .38 caliber revolver he personally owned at jail guard Jover Valenzuela, de la Paz said. Details on how he got the weapon were not available as of press time.

Another inmate, identified as Rey Villanueva, then disarmed Valenzuela of his issued .38 caliber revolver, while other inmates pointed sharp objects at jail guard Francis Vallador, he added.moremoremore

Murder raps filed vs.
Yap, 8 others before prosecutor

Murder and frustrated murder complaints were filed against Escalante Mayor Melecio Yap Jr. and eight others yesterday before the Escalate City Prosecutor, lawyer Luke Espiritu said.

Others named in the complaints were Arthur Tupas, Angel Binadjan, Juanito Gregorio, Rolando Catayas, Domingo Catipunan, Joel Villarin, Joel Tlomo and Richard Patpat, he said.

They allegedly took part in three murders and three frustrated murders in Escalante City from 2007 to the present, Espiritu said.moremoremore

2 killed, 18 injured

Two mourners were killed and 18 others, mostly teenagers and minors, were injured when the truck they were riding in fell into a road side canal in Brgy. Lipat-on, Calatrava town, Negros Occidental at about 3 p.m. Tuesday.

Killed on the spot were Vivencio Macalua and Alber Seton, both 37 and residents of Brgy. Hilub-ang, Calatrava, town police chief, Senior Insp. Rolie Pondevilla, told the DAILY STAR yesterday.

The victims' relatives identified as Jovanie, 12, Jocelyn, 14, and Julieta, 32, all surnamed Seton, Mylene, 16, Junvert, 14, John Paul, 10, Veb, 30, Marcelino, 18, Aileen, 19, Ruel, 29 and Marcus, 59, all surnamed Macalua, of Brgy. Hilub-ang, were also injured, police records showedmoremoremore

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