By Roy Moraleta I Published: July 31, 2020
Three of the eight jailbirds who bolted the Calbayog City prison last week were not able to go far as operatives running after them downed one, wounded another and apprehended the other.
The remaining five fugitives, who are seriously considered as “armed and dangerous”, are still at large, as of press time.
Immediately after the July 27 jailbreak, police, military and jail authorities joined forces in a hot pursuit operation to bring back behind bars the escapees.
Chief Supt. Edwin Riel, regional director of the Bureau of Jail and Management, confirmed the recent development.
It was not until over an hour, when the Calbayog City Police Station received a call about the progressing incident from Jail Officer Samuel Boren.
Initial reports identified the inmate who was shot dead was identified as Edwin Calderon Abria of Barangay Calilihan of Calbayog. Abria got shot by a responding jail officer while Juvy Laoyon Openiano was wounded and now being treated at Calbayog City Hospital.
Abria and Openiano where shot and wounded by jail guards in the act of trying to escape.
Inmate Edar Balantino y Nayangga of Bgy. Balud in this city was caught hiding in one of the houses across the city jail and now in custody.
In Hot Pursuit
A continuing manhunt operation for the other five has not slowed down, authorities said, and they will not stop the hot pursuit mission until they are back behind bars.
Still at large, who are all residents of the city, are: Milo Washington Ligaso, 36, of Bgy. Himalandrog; Eron Mendoza Tomboc, 25, of Bgy. Panonongon; Edgar Elbano, 45, of Bgy. Villahermosa; Eden Verano Albana, of Bgy. Pinamorotan, and Raul Nayangga Doroja, 43, of Bgy. Tarabucan.
How They Fled
Lt. Col. Ma. Bella Rentuaya, regional information officer of the Police Regional Office 8 (PRO-8) in Camp Ruperto Kangleon, Bgy. Campetik, said the jailbreak happened at around 2 pm of July 27, at the Tomalon State, Calbayog City Jail in Gadgaran.
Initial investigations conducted showed that the escapees, while waiting for the supply of water coming from Water District Calbayog City, took the opportunity to slip through the gate and fled on foot to mountainous area.
(With reports from Resty Cayubit)