13 inmates bolt Negros jail

BACOLOD CITY, Philippines – Thirteen inmates bolted out of their cell in Sagay City, Negros Occidental Wedneday afternoon, April 17. 

Provincial police officer-in-charge Senior Supt Ricardo de la Paz said the inmates were armed with guns and pointed objects. They attacked the jail guards, forced open the main entrance of the jail facility, and then fled.

The Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) facility is located in Sagay City, Negros Occidental. The incident happened 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday. 

Initial police investigation shows that inmate Rolando Bajo was armed with a .38 caliber revolver. Bajo reportedly pointed his gun to jail guard Joven Valenzuela, who was disarmed of his .38 revolver by another inmate Rey Villanueva.

De la Paz said the other inmates joined Bajo and Villanueva in attacking the jail guards. De La Paz said they pointed sharp objects to Valenzuela's fellow jail guard Francis Vallador.

Bajo would later shoot at the padlock of the main entrance of the detention facility to force it open. It allowed them to flee. 

It was not determined yet how Bajo managed to sneak a gun inside the jail.

As of this writing, De la Paz said pursuit operations are still ongoing against the fleeing inmates. The police is coordinating with the military personnel stationed in the area. - Rappler.com