BJMP, police hunt escaped inmates

By : Jigger Jerusalem Mindanao Today/07:33:39pm 07/14/2021


(Note: This news article was published in the print edition of Mindanao Today on June 4, 2021)

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Authorities are now hunting down three persons who escaped from a Bureau of Jail Management and Penology-10 (BJMP-10) facility in Barangay Tankulan, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon Wednesday night.

The inmates were identified by police as Jimson Devara, 25, of Libona, Bukidnon; Rogue Batuigas, 35, Libona; and Benjie Orias, 28, of Lingi-on, Manolo Fortich.

Devara is charged with violation of Republic Act 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act; Batuigas, qualified rape and acts of lasciviousness; and Orias, homicide. Their cases are still ongoing, police said.

A police report said the jail break occurred at around 10:45 in the evening.

“The jail guards must have noticed that three of the inmates were missing during the evening head count, prompting them to issue a flash alarm,” said Maj. Noel Cano, Manolo Fortich municipal police chief, in a phone interview Thursday afternoon.

Cano said a combined team of personnel from both the town police and BJMP in Manolo Fortich are tracking down the inmates.

“They have not gone far. They’re still within the five-kilometer radius. Since they have not yet eaten a meal since their escape, we assumed their movement is slow,” he said.

Cano said police informants told them that three male persons have been asking the road to Tikala, one of the barangays in Manolo Fortich, adding that they have yet to receive information that the escapees have asked for food or clothing.

It’s likely, he said, that the suspects climbed the jail’s back fence when they escaped the correctional facility.

Since the fence is made of barbed wire fence and not of concrete, Cano said the inmates probably did not have difficulty in escaping the prison facility.

He added that the probable motive of the suspects’ escape was fear of being incarcerated for a long time due to the crime they have allegedly committed.

Cano said the three inmates were not friends and must have developed closeness inside the facility.

He said Devara and Orias, both of whom have spent a brief period at the Manolo Fortich police detention cell, did not appear to be rowdy or the rough type.

“They didn’t talk much, during their stay at our custodial facility. It’s probable they don’t want to serve time,” he added.

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