CAMP Malvar, Batangas -- Acting provincial police director Senior Supt. Leopoldo Cabanag has ordered the relief of the Malvar Police Station chief and three of his personnel pending investigation by a Special Investigation Task Group into the escape of 12 inmates on Monday.
Cabanag ordered the relief of Senior Insp. Alberto Fargeas, this town’s police chief, and a hot pursuit operation for the recovery of the detainees, in coordination with the Batangas Provincial Police Headquarters and other law enforcement units. He also declared a 24-hour lockdown (checkpoint operation).
Any information from the public relative to the re-arrest of the escaped prisoners may call mobile no. 09153366396 (Malvar MPS PTOC), he said.
Cabanag identified the 12 escapees as Diego Baes Barola, 31, married, porter, of Purok 5, Bgy. Tambo, Lipa City; Melvin Tacla Ona, 34, driver, of Bgy. Santiago, Malvar; El King Paulino Leonida, 25, mechanic, a native of Pola, Oriental Mindoro, and presently residing in Bgy. Darasa, Tanauan City; Jerald Estrella Rivo, married, laborer, of Bgy. Bulihan, Malvar; Noel Garcia Malpas, alias Smith, 34, with live-in partner, jobless, of Bgy. San Fernando, Malvar; Carissa May Cauilan Salagan, with live-in partner, jobless, of Bgy. San Fernando, Malvar; J. Morris Rap Gutierrez Publico, single, of Bgy. Darasa, Tanauan City; K. Arvie Santillan Villegas, 36, married, jobless, native of Pasay City and presently residing at Bgy. Pantay Matanda, Tanauan City; John Raniel Hiwatig Castillo, 26, with live-in partner, construction worker, native of Tiaong, Quezon and presently residing at Bgy. Sto.Toribio, Lipa City; Leodegario Silva Lara Jr., single, farmer, of Bgy. Solis, Balete, all in Batangas and charged with violation of
Section 11, Article II of RA 9165; Artemio Joloan Castillo Jr., 27, single, jobless, native of Tiaong, Quezon; and presently residing at North Suzana Executive Village, Diliman, Quezon City, and Freddie Custodio Santos, 49, married, carpenter, of Bgy. San Pedro 1, Malvar, all charged with murder.
The escape of the 12 inmates of the Malvar Municipal Police Station was discovered at 4 a.m. Monday.
Accordingly, the prisoners were able to escape by cutting off the steel bars in the back upper portion which serves as ventilation of the said lock-up cell. They then used blankets to descend from the 10 foot-high ventilation hole.