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7 Malvar jail escapees recaptured

By Lyka Manalo

Seven prisoners who bolted their cell in Malvar, Batangas were recaptured as police continue the hunt for the remaining five fugitives.

Provincial Police Information Officer Inspector Hazel Luma-ang said the seven escapees were arrested in Mataas na Kahoy and Tanauan City in Batangas while others were cornered in Tiaong and Pagbilao in Quezon province.

Luma-ang identified the arrested as El King Leonida, Melvin Ona, Arvie Villegas, Freddie Santos, Artemio Castillo Jr., John Raniel Castillo and Morris Rap Publico.

Malvar jail escapees (Lyka Manalo / MANILA BULLETIN)

Malvar jail escapees
(Lyka Manalo / MANILA BULLETIN)

Six of the inmates are charged with violation of RA 9165 (Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act) while Santos faces murder.

Malvar’s chief of police, Senior Inspector Albert Fabregas, and three policemen were relieved from their post right after the jailbreak.

Report said the 12 prisoners have managed to escape by sawing off the steel bar of the cell’s ventilation at the rear area.

They then jumped off the 10-foot-high ventilation hole using a blanket.