All 13 inmates who bolted the Sagay City District Jail last week have been recaptured, with the surrender of the last two escapees yesterday, police said.
Senior Supt. Ricardo de la Paz, acting Negros Occidental police provincial director, said Eric Cordero, who is facing frustrated murder charges, has surrendered to the Sagay Police at 8:30 p.m. last night, quoting a report of Chief Inspector Edel Jose Manzano, acting Sagay City police chief.
Also yesterday morning, Marlon Bandaja surrendered to the Sagay City police, De la Paz said. Prior to that, Bandaja sent surrender feelers to barangay captain Merle Demavibas, who later accompanied him to the police station, he added.
Last Tuesday, cousins Richard and Resty Dacal-Dacal were arrested by operatives of Sagay City Police Station.
Eleven of the 13 fugitives who bolted the Sagay City District Jail last week have either surrendered or were arrested, which brings down the number to only two inmates who are at-large, as of yesterday, police said.
Senior Superintendent Ricardo de la Paz, acting Negros Occidental police provincial director, said escapees Richard Dacal-Dacal, 28, and Resty Dacal-Dacal, 22, who are cousins, were arrested by operatives of Sagay City Police Station at around 12:10 p.m. yesterday at Hacienda Maricor Barangay Malubon in Sagay City.
Two more inmates who bolted the Sagay City District Jail last week have surrendered to local officials yesterday, which brings the 13 fugitives down to four, police said
Senior Supt. Ricardo dela Paz said inmates Gilbert Manija and Armando Cabahug, who are both facing murder charges, surrendered to Sagay Mayor Leo Rafael Cueva and Councilor Donato Marañon at 5:30 p.m. yesterday.
They were turned over to the Sagay Police, he said.
Seven of the 13 escapees who bolted the Sagay City District Jail last Wednesday were re-captured over the weekend while six others are being hunted, police said.
Rey Villanueva, 28, who is facing drug charges, surrendered to the Sagay City Police station at 5:20 p.m. yesterday, Senior Supt. Ricardo de la Paz, acting Negros Occidental police provincial director, reported.
Villanueva was the one who disarmed jail guard Joever Valenzuela with his .38 caliber revolver, while another inmate, Rolando Bajo Jr., 22, was pointing his own gun at Valenzuela.
De la Paz said Villanueva’s surrender was facilitated by Sagay City Mayor Leo Rafael Cueva and Councilor Donato Marañon.
Four more jail escapees were collared by Sagay City PNP operatives led by Police Chief Inspector Edel Jose Manzano, city police chief, last Saturday at Barangay Rafaella Barrera in Sagay.
Police Chief Inspector Rico Santotome Jr, spokesperson of the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office, identified those recaptured prisoners as Joemar Libester, Jolito Subtinente, Jonar Quirante and Jimmy Vistar.
Two of the 13 Sagay City Bureau of Jail Management and Penology convicts who bolted jail three days ago fell into the hands of operatives in Cadiz City PNP led by the police chief, P/Supt. Gerardo Ulanday, with the help of the unit’s Intelligence Section operatives together with members of Cadiz City BJMP around 4:40 P.M., Friday, at Ceres Terminal along Villena St., while they were onboard a Ceres bus en route to Bacolod City.
Two of Sagay City BJMP jail-breakers who were captured in Cadiz City Friday afternoon.*(NUP Helen R. Benedicto photo)
23-year-old Rolando Bajo, who disarmed one of the jail guards and used the racked-up .38 caliber revolver in shooting the jail’s padlock which caused the 12 other inmates to take off, was busted together with 24-year-old Jeck Espa-ñola, both charged with murder raps in Sagay City. Bajo is said to have been the one who authored the breakout. One live ammunition of Super .38 pistol and another of .38 caliber revolver were recovered from Bajo who is a resident of Brgy. Paraiso, Central Lopez in Sagay. He said that the firearm which he grabbed from the jail guard was taken from him by one of the escapees, contrary to Española’s statement claiming that Bajo passed it on to a co-fugitive in the person of Armando Dilao, also facing murder raps. Furthermore, when asked by the police on who holds the other firearm which was taken from one of the jail guards, Española’s afterthought led to the idea that escapee Rey Villanueva, charged for illegal drugs, currently possesses the firearm.
A region-wide manhunt operation in Western Visayas has been launched for the re-capture of 13 inmates who have escaped the Sagay City District Jail in Negros Occidental last Wednesday around 5:30 p.m., by assaulting the two jailguards.
Senior Supt. Ricardo de la Paz, acting Negros Occidental police director, said he has alerted the Police Regional Office 6 of the jailbreak, which ordered a region-wide manhunt for the inmates.
The Sagay City PNP, Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office and the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology in Sagay have dispatched teams to help in the hot-pursuit operations on the fugitives.
By Jaime B. Lim
The Negros Occidental Provincial Police Office (NOPPO), yesterday deployed police operatives and Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) guards in a massive regionwide manhunt to track down the 13 BJMP inmates in Sagay City who bolted their detention cell on Wednesday.
Dela Paz said that local policemen will be helping the BJMP in the manhunt operations considering some of the escapees are still armed and facing murder charges in dif-ferent courts in the province.
The City of Talisay was hailed champion in the Rural Category with their performance of "Oasioas" and the City of Sagay bagged the first place in the Maria Clara Category for their winning piece "Sinakiki" during the 20th Panaad sa Negros Festival Folk Dance Competition at the Panaad Stadium, yesterday.
The municipalities of Pontevedra and San Enrique with their respective rural folk dances "Kumakaret" and "Sakuting" placed 2nd and 3rd, while Murcia’s Karatong, Cauayan’s Pateado, Manapla’s Bao, Kabankalan City’s Pandanggo na Tapis and La Castellana’s Abaruray received consolation prizes.
Murcia was awarded "Best in Costume" while the "Best Staging" award went to Talisay City.
Talisay City’s Dr. Randyll Villones and Reynaldo Jotea were the best trainers for the Rural Folk Dance Category.
Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. will be conferred a Doctorate Degree in Public Administration, honoris causa, by the Northern Negros College of Science and Technology (NONESCOST) during its 14th Commencement Exercises at its main campus in Sagay City at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow.
Marañon, whose four-decade public service career highlights include the establishment of NONESCOST as a barangay high school, saw through the elevation of the secondary institution into a municipal to city school, and as an extension campus of the Iloilo School of Fisheries (ISCOF) prior to its conversion as a state college, a press release from the Office of the Governor said.
In all his years as mayor of Sagay, Marañon had pushed for the growth of NONES-COST that when he became congressman representing the Second District, he authored a bill granting state college status to the school.
NONESCOST was established through Republic Act No. 8448, which was signed into law in 1998.