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PNP conducts hot pursuit operations after 9 escapees from Baybay jail

Tacloban City (January 6) -- Elements of the Baybay Police Station led by Police Inspector Roger T. Octaviano, are currently conducting hot pursuit operations for the nine (9) prisoners who escaped from the Baybay Sub Provincial Jail at about 8:20 in the evening of January 3, 2010.

Leyte Police Provincial Director Arturo Ripalda reported that while conducting a head count of the 93 prisoners at the Sub Provincial Jail at Barangay Hipusngo, Baybay, Leyte, Jail Guard Alexander Cinco was accosted with a.38 caliber revolver and padlocked him together with the other jail guards and trustees.

Colonel Ripalda identified the alleged leader of the jailbreak as Joey del Monte of Lapinig, Northern Samar with a murder case. He allegedly called on the other inmates to join the jailbreak but only his eight companions joined him.

The other escapees who are now subjects of manhunt operations are Arturo Palmero of Baybay who is charged with rape; Cornelio Rico of Zamboanga del Sur who is charged with the crime of murder; and Leonel Flores of Mahaplag who is charged with qualified theft and rape.

Also included in the jailbreak are Romnic Bakiyo who is charged with carnapping and robbery with violence and intimidation of person; Carlos Camogao of Ormoc City who is charged with murder and theft; Patricio Austero of Baybay who is charged with murder; and Alberto Raga of Burauen, Leyte who is charged with carnapping and robbery.

The nine escapees who allegedly scampered in different directions appeared to have planned the jailbreak as their bags with their personal belongings were ready.

The escapees took away one (1) shotgun, one (1) cal.38 revolver and one (1) motorcycle Honda Bravo 100cc color red bearing plate nr YT6650 from the guard on duty and fled away to South Direction going to Maasin City while others to east direction going to Tacloban City.

There are about 31 jail guards assigned at the Baybay Sub Provincial Jail, Colonel Ripalda said. The guards on duty were supposed to be six but one of them was absent and another one was at the hospital.

Colonel Ripalda assured that the guards on duty will be investigated as there appears to be "Standard Operating Procedures which were violated." The laxity of the jail guards was apparent, he added. (PIA 8) [top]

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