THE Manila City Jail (MCJ) remained on red alert and personnel were required to stay in their respective posts while all cells were locked down following a deadly riot that left two inmates or persons deprived of liberty (PDLs) dead and 34 others wounded.
This was stressed yesterday by BJMP chief Director Allan Iral when sought for comment on the rumble between two gangs which reportedly started with a petty quarrel.
Killed were Alvin Royo and Lito Escala.
Reports reaching Iral’s office showed that a member of Batang City Jail (BCJ) and Sigue-Sigue Sputnik Gang engaged in simple misunderstanding over a sleeping space that escalated and resulted into a fist fight.
Other PDLs started taking sides until the situation became uncontrollable and a “free-for-all” erupted in Dorms 11 and 12 for less than 15 minutes.
“Nakatulong din yung laging pagko-conduct natin ng greyhound dahil wala silang nagamit kundi suntukan at paluan lang talaga ang nangyari,” Iral said adding it could have been a much bloody encounter and more deaths if the gang members were able to possess bladed weapons.
MCJ warden Supt. Randel Latoza said that as of yesterday afternoon, the jail’s peace and order situation especially in the two concerned facilities were already brought back normal.
In a telephone interview, Latoza said he personally initiated a confident-building measure. He talked to all those PDLs involved and made them swore into writing never to engage again in a riot.