2 inmates bolt jail
By EUGENE ADIONG
BACOLOD City — Authorities are now running after two inmates who bolted the Negros Occidental District Jail early Thursday evening.
The escapees were identified as Charlie Duran, 25, of Brgy. Makasilao, Calatrava town, and Jimmy Sablon, 35, of Brgy. Robles, La Castellana.
Both are facing separate illegal possession of firearm cases, but Duran was charged with two other cases: murder and direct assault.
The jailbreak from the facility in Brgy. Tabunan, Bago City, happened at about 6:20 p.m.
Both escapees were part of a “livelihood team” in charge of making Christmas lanterns for sale, said Senior Insp. Jose Marie Algara, administrator of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) Negros Occidental.
“They may have hidden some of the bamboos and made a ladder, which they used to jump over the perimeter fence at the back of the jail,” Algara said.
A manhunt operation has been launched against the two, he said.
“I appeal to them to peacefully surrender, and I (can) assure them of their safety,” he said.
Algara also said he ordered Senior Insp. Gilbert Flor to talk to the escapees’ families and negotiate for their peaceful surrender.
BJMP took over the operations of NODJ from the provincial government in August./PN