THE National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) yesterday launched a massive manhunt for 12 of 13 inmates who bolted the Caloocan City Police Station lock-up facility by destroying the wall of the detention center built to house lawbreakers who have tested positive for COVID-19, the Journal Group was told.
As of press time, one of the escapees identified as Aries Dunacao, a 28-year old jobless resident of Kabulusan Street, Barangay 20, Caloocan City who is facing charges for illegal possession of prohibited drugs under Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 has been recaptured, said Northern Police District director, Brigadier General Ronaldo Genaro E. Ylagan.
NCRPO director, Major General Debold M. Sinas said that the incident was discovered around 1:50 a.m.
An initial investigation showed that the escapees destroyed the wall of the toilet inside their cell which was not visible to the duty guard. The site at the Caloocan City Hall New Custodial Facility Unit-Extension was built to accommodate law offenders who have been showing symptoms of the virus.
It was not immediately known if the 13 have tested positive for COVID-19.
Sinas said the duty guards have been relieved from their posts and will be facing criminal and administrative charges for negligence and infidelity in the custody of prisoners.
Ylagan said there were 30 PUPCs inside the facility but only 13 escaped while the 17 chose to remain inside their cell.
Of the 13 escapees, five are facing charges for violation of Republic Act 9165 while the others were jailed on charges ranging from violation of RA 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulations Act of 2013, theft, carnapping, robbery-extortion and disobedience to an agent of a person in authority.
Sinas said he has ordered Ylagan and the chief of the Caloocan City Police Station to conduct a thorough investigation into the incident and to inspect all their extension lock-up facilities which may also be vulnerable to similar plans.
The escapees were identified as Martin Mama, a 46-year old construction worker from Caloocan City charged for violation of RA 9165; Gerrymar Petilla,21, a Malabon City resident charged with alarm and scandal and illegal possession of bladed weapon; Reymark delos Reyes,27, a resident of Barangay 36, Caloocan City charged with violation of RA 9165;
Judson Jeng,42, a resident of Bgy. General T. de Leon, Valenzuela City facing charges for violation of RA 9165; Aldwin Jhoe Espila,25, a resident of Bgy. 185, Caloocan charged with carnapping; Reymark delos Reyes,27, a resident of Bgy. 36, Caloocan City facing charges for violation of RA 9165;
Norbert Alvarez,35, of Northville, Bgy. 171, Caloocan, charged for violation of RA 9165 and violation of Article 151 of the Revised Penal Code or disobedience to an agent of a person in authority; ; Mark Oliver Gamutia,21, of Kapak Street, Bgy. 12, Caloocan, charged for violation of Article 151 or the RPC;
Jovel Toledo Jr., 27, a resident of Crisanto St., Bgy. 180, Caloocan who is facing charges for unjust vexation and violation of Article 151; Arnel Buccat,19, a resident of Bayani St. in Bgy. 137, Caloocan who is facing charges for violation of RA 10591;
Raymond Balasa,35, a resident of Gen. Tirona St. in Bgy. 145, Caloocan who has been charged with theft; Reynaldo Bantiling,35, a resident of PNR Compound in Bgy. 73, Caloocan City who is facing charges for violation of RA 10591; Justine Tejeros,22, a resident of Sandalan St. in Tanay, Rizal who has been charged for robbery-extortion and Dunacao, a jobless resident of Bgy. 20, Caloocan.