Nearly 200 inmates escape prison in Leyte

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Thursday, January 30, 2014

PALO, Leyte -- Almost 200 inmates of the Leyte Provincial Jail escaped from the facility in Palo town on Thursday dawn due to various issues, including lack of food and poor living condition.

Eastern Visayas Regional Police Director Henry Losanes said 182 inmates, out of the total 431 detainees, escaped around 4:50 a.m. when a jailguard went out to get coffee.

Losanes said the other inmates stopped when the jailguard fired warning shots when he noticed the jailbreak.

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Losanes said responding policemen have already captured 150 of the escapees. He said 32 other escapees, facing various cases in court, are being pursued by police tracker teams.

He said an investigation is underway to determine possible lapses by jail officials and personnel. "If there is a need to file criminal case against the jailguards, we will do it," he said.

Losanes said 60 officers and men are assigned to man the jail. He said these personnel are manning the jail on a three-shift scheme.

He said the jail was devastated by super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) that wreck havoc in the area last November and remained without a roof.

"They have raised some issues - poor facility because the facility has no roof until now, limited food, poor living condition and slow justice system. They have raised this to the provincial government," he said. (VR/Rowel Montes/Sunnex)

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