KIDAPAWAN CITY, January 6, 2017 (PNA) — Police said a total of 53 inmates who fled from the North Cotabato Provincial Jail after an attack by an armed group on Wednesday have been accounted for in an intensified manhunt.
Senior Superintendent Emmanuel Peralta, North Cotabato police provincial director, said 43 of the inmates were recaptured, eight were killed, and two were injured and are confined in the hospital.
“Our manhunt operation continues for other inmates in partnership with other law enforcement agencies,” Peralta said.
He said with 53 inmates accounted for, 105 more inmates remain at large and are the subject of a massive manhunt.
Peralta, however, said there is no shoot to kill order unless the escapees, during operation, resist and place law enforcers in danger.
Peralta appealed to the public to help the PNP and AFP recover the remaining 105 fleeing inmates by giving reliable information.
He also appealed to relatives of the escapees to convince them to surrender.
About 100 heavily armed men, led by Nasser Esmael alias “Commander Derbi,” attacked the jail facility at about 1 a.m. on Wednesday, rescuing their comrades and allowing others to escape.
Commander Derbi is a former detainee of the provincial jail for murder and bombing charges and is familiar with the compound located in Barangay Amas, Kidapawan City. He escaped in August last year. (PNA)