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.
Bajo then fired at the padlock of the main entrance of the detention cell, enabling the 13 inmates to rush out and escape, de la Paz said.
The Sagay police and other PNP units in Negros Occidental have joined the BJMP in the manhunt operations, he said.
The Sagay BJMP, located in Barangay Rizal, that is three kilometers from the city proper, had 115 inmates but with the jailbreak, 102 remain, C hief Inspector Edel Jose Manzano, Sagay police chief, said.
Manzano said the crimes being faced by the 13 escapees range from murder, frustrated murder, drugs and physical injuries to rape.
They escaped on foot, he said.
He urged the families of the escapees to convince them to surrender so as not to worsen the penalties they may face.
The long arm of the law will eventually catch them, Manzano said.
The escapees were identified as Rolando Bajo, Gilbert Maneja, Resty Dacaldacal, Richard Dacaldacal, Jake Espanola, Jolito Subtenente, Armando Dilao, Marjun Bandala, Joemar Libester, Jimmy Bistar, Rey Villanueva, Jonard Quirante and Eric Cordero, Sagay Mayor Rafael Leo Cueva said.*CPG