8 inmates bolt Quezon jail

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

EIGHT inmates held at the district jail of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) in Gumaca, Quezon escaped before dawn Tuesday, police.

Gumaca police chief Romulo Albacea said the escapees cut off the metal bars of their detention cell and escaped around 1 a.m. However, one of them was quickly recaptured.

Albacea identified the escapees as Florante Mergenio Arguelles, Freddie Ordiales Nicol, Anthony Garcia Revilla, all facing murder charges; Joel Cabardo Senosin and Alejandro Pacuan Villa, both facing frustrated murder and attempted murder cases; Zeus Repia Nierva and Geraldel Cruz, both charged with robbery; and car theft suspect Joseph Hulaton Alvarez.

Albacea said Gumaca has been without power since Typhoon "Glenda" hit Quezon province about two weeks ago, making it hard for the tracker teams to locate the escapees.

"Mas marami pa sanang makakatakas ang kaso gumawa ng ingay 'yung ibang inmates sa ibang selda na siya naman nakapag-alerto dun sa ating mga jail guards," he said.

The detention center has 100 inmates, he said.

The said BJMP jail is located at the back of the Gumaca police headquarters inside Camp Natividad in Barangay Rosario, which is near an Army detachment.

Police and military teams have launched a manhunt operation to recapture the escapees. (Sunnex)

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