Ozamiz rob gang head’s jail escape leaves cops who captured him grumbling

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The daring escape of Ozamiz robbery gang leader Ricky Cadavero from the national penitentiary in Muntinlupa City on Saturday has authorities grumbling, including the policemen who put him behind bars in the first place.

“We will suffer for their laxity,” Southern Police District (SPD) director Chief Supt. Benito Estipona said in a phone interview, referring to New Bilibid Prison (NBP) officials.

“It was hard to catch [Cadavero]. Now it will be even harder,” he added.

The police had linked Cadavero and his gang to several robbery cases in Metro Manila, including the one at Alabang Town Center, which left two security guards wounded in September.

In October, SPD operatives finally tracked down and arrested Cadavero in Cavite province. He was brought to the NBP and, like all new inmates, kept at the Reception and Diagnostic Center (RDC) before his transfer to the main compound.

On Saturday, he escaped after three men posing as his visitors entered the RDC and fired at the jail guards who were bringing him out.

Cadavero even managed to change out of his prison clothes, according to a police report. He then left the NBP with his cohorts on two motorcycles.

A report from Muntinlupa police investigator Chief Insp. Conrado Bunyi said the group even engaged jail guards in a shootout as they went out through the Daang Hari gate of the NBP reservation.

While the police have vowed to go all-out in finding Cadavero, Estipona said that the facility ran by the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) has yet to file a formal police complaint on the escape.

He added that BuCor has also yet to file a complaint on two previous incidents at the NBP—the kidnapping of high-profile convict Rolito Go in August and the grenade explosion at the maximum security compound last November that left six prisoners injured.

Estipona noted that while Cadavero’s escape happened at 6 a.m., the Muntinlupa police learned about it only at 9 a.m.—not from BuCor officials but from their own contacts inside the prison facility.

Estipona admitted it was not unusual for BuCor to forego asking for police help since “NBP is their responsibility” although with Cadavero on the loose, “will [BuCor] help us secure financial institutions in the area? I don’t think so,” he said.

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  • AlexanderAmproz

    Philippines as usual, a deep carelessness and compromissions,
    more than normal while observing the head of the line Lawmakers Gang’s

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NLO2AAP3EKVA2H3FI2AM2KTGAA Jay

    Nasa Bilibid na doon pa nakatakas.Wala man lang bang Guard para mag Check kung mayroon armas ang mga dumadalaw?

  • nti_boohaya

    Ay walang mangyayari sa pinuno ng BuCor na yan. Si mista mista nanaman kasi ang sangkot.

    • batangsulpok

      Habang mga retired Generals ang inilalagay na Chief ng Bilibid ay walang pagbabago dahil ginagawa nilang retirement place yan bukod sa madagdagan pa ang kanilang yaman.

  • Garo Ungaro

    clear protocol, procedure, laxity, not properly trained guards…and money…are the culprit…

  • nice_boy

    Kasalanan ng mga ng huli kay Cadavero ang problema.  Hinuli nila ng buhay.

  • randyaltarejos

    The police arrested him, but the jail guards let him go. For how much? Sana mangagaw ng baril tong si Cadavero pag nahuli.

  • tanga_hanga_ni_abnoy

    worry not Chief Supt, he will soon end up as cadaver somewhere out there beneath the pale moon light 

  • bagombong

    nakakahiya, paano kaya nila inivaluate ang resume ng mga namumuno sa bucor…meron ba silang plano how visitors get insde lalo na sa visitors area…a visitors should pass thru automatic lock doors at bago lalabas dapat 3 gate doors na controled by guard, they should re-plan now the system sa mga prison cell and visitors area…this is my architecture thesis during my time in university.
     

  • $37644997

    To make the long story short,it was a well planned set-up. money can also buy you love,so much so with others who fall in love with the money what ever it may be.

    • AlexanderAmproz

      Tray it in Japan or Northern Europe Countries,
      beware the standards are not the same.
      Offering bribes will drive you straight to jail,
      everybody will look down at you,
      you will have to move to a location where nobody know you, to clean up your shame.
      Your money is useless as sequestered at the first strong suspicion.

      Only da Philippines

  • Loggnat

    Booo-hooo-hooo… Whiner! .. You should thank them for ensuring your job security and providing you with another opportunity to excel…:)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XALR35ENV2XKV327BZGZ7Q5Z5Q Ernesto

    dapat sa mga guardia dyan sa bucor dalhin sa basilan para doon matuto,bihira mo high profile na magnanakaw at hold upper pinakawalan lang.smells fishy.

  • GustoKoHappyKa

    Ay naku..dapat yata ilipat nalang sa isang isla bagong national prison natin… smells fishy kung paano nakapasok na may baril yan mga yan..eh sa gate palang ang daming check na gagawin…

    im sure yung nakahuling pulis dyan dati badtrip..imbes na buhayin pa yan pag nahuli ulit ..eh baka magkaron ulit ng agawan ng baril sa loob ng kotse at tamaan yan sa pagitan ng mata….SANA!!!

  • kilabot

    cadaver na naging alive pa. this was a miracle that can happen only at nbp. 
    there was no secret. just like some religious miracle-performers, it was all scripted. 
    sometimes, miracles can be bought.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PRDGZHO73F5SCBMJO3BGCPXR6E Nilo C

    Hay naku po!!! Alas sa-is ng umaga merong bisita??? Pera pera lang mga kaibigan.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QZZKXPEA67I7HELEIYM35QVYFA Jon

    Mukhang may kumita nanaman sa Bilibid.

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