Police said a manhunt operation was ongoing against three inmates who escaped from the detention facility of Butuan Police Station 3 in Barangay Ambago on Friday morning.
Senior Supt. Percival Augustus Placer, Butuan police director, said manhunt operation for the three escapees has been mounted by the city police.
“The hot pursuit operations against the three are on-going,” Placer said.
The police have alerted nearby police stations to help capture the three fugitives, he said.
A news report said the three detainees escaped from their cell around 6:00 a.m. The fugitives made their escape by sawing the round steel bar of their detention cell.
The escapees were identified as Ernesto Montoya (illegal possession of firearms); Melimar Dumaplin (illegal possession of explosive device); and Dingdong Elisan Del Rosario (illegal drug charges).
Placer said they were still investigating how the inmates managed to escape from the detention facility without being detected by the policemen on duty.
The jail guard and police officers on duty are under investigation after the detainees managed to escape under their watch, he added. By CLC