MANILA, Philippines (2nd UPDATE) – Thirteen prisoners remain at large on Thursday, September 5, a day after a jailbreak at Valencia City Jail in Bukidnon.
An original group of 22 inmates made their escape at around 3:30 pm on Wednesday, after their Alternative Learning School (ALS) session inside the prison facility, according to Police Chief Inspector Surki Sereñas of the Police Regional Office 10.
One of them, whose identity has been witheld, was immediately recaptured several minutes later in Barangay Catumbalon, Valencia City, with a shotgun and two get-away motorcycles.
On Thursday, Philippine National Police (PNP) Spokesman Senior Superintendent Artie Sindac said 8 of the escapees surrendered or were recaptured with the help of local PNP.
The 8 are: Roel Llacuna, Albert Espinosa, Rogelio Tayros, Carlos Lubos, Ronald Ga, Jorem Barros, Jamal Sambarani, and Reymart Delmes, according to Sindac.
The prisoners were able to get to the armory, where they took 5 9mm pistols and 6 shotguns. They then overpowered the guards on duty and escaped at the back of the facility.
The escapees were led by inmates Dionecio Daulug, Espinosa, and two inmates with unknown surnames, Khalid and Tacoy.
The PNP, Armed Forces of the Philippines, and Bureau of Jail Management and Penology are in pursuit of the escapees.
The police have set up checkpoints in different parts of Valencia City and nearby areas, reports MindaNews.