6 of 13 in Negros jailbreak recaptured

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BACOLOD CITY—Police have recaptured six of 13 inmates who escaped from the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) facility in Sagay City, Negros Occidental, on Wednesday.

Roland Bajo, 22, and Jake Espanola, 24, were held at the bus terminal in Cadiz City, Negros Occidental, on Friday, said Chief Insp. Gilbert Peremne, BJMP-Western Visayas spokesperson.

Four others were arrested on Saturday in Hacienda Albina, Barangay Rafaela Barrera in Sagay City.

Peremne identified them as Joemar Libester, 26; Jonard Quirante,  22; Jimmy Vistar, 18; and Jolito Subtentiente Jr., 26.

He said the BJMP is offering a reward of P10,000 for information that would lead to the recapture of each of the seven remaining escapees.

They are Gilbert Maneja, Resty Dacaldacal, Richard Dacaldacal, Armando Dilao, Marjun Bandala, Rey Villanueva and Eric Cordero.

Thirteen inmates escaped from the BJMP jail in Sagay City on April 17. The apparent jailbreak leader, Bajo, pointed a .38-cal. revolver and disarmed jail guard Jover Valenzuela while the other inmates used bladed weapons to keep the other jail guards at bay. The rest of the inmates who were not part of Bajo’s group stayed put.

Senior Supt. Ignacio Panti, BJMP director for Western Visayas, fired Chief Insp. Benny Freddie Cobarde as BJMP Sagay jail warden because of the jailbreak.

Based on the investigation conducted by BJMP-Western Visayas, Peremne said the jailbreak was a form of protest against the alleged mismanagement of the jail under Cobarde.

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