Eight inmates with murder and drug-related violations escaped from the Lamitan City Jail in Basilan on July 7.
According to Police Lieutenant colonel Christopher Panapan, chief of the Lamitan City police and the spot report, the inmates managed to escape from the jail at around 8:30 am after they deceived the lone jail guard on duty.
Permission to throw garbage
In every jail facility, there is a jail trustee who is an inmate that is qualified to do administration and prison management roles. In this case, the trustee is Taha Morales, an inmate turned fugitive as of this writing.
The report claimed that inmates Moumar Gandali and Norman Bisal first asked on-duty Jail Officer 2 Ibrahim Hamja for permission to throw out the garbage.
Persuaded by the inmates’ request, Hamja tasked Morales to open the cell’s lock. The inmates then reportedly disarmed the jail officer and then fled the scene
Fled with guns
The report also confirmed that the escapees (Gandali and Bisal) fled with two loaded guns “(M16 and M14) including one Bandolier with ammunitions placed at a vacant cell and escaped to unknown direction.”
Among the escapees includes Morales – the trustee. Here’s the complete list of the fugitives:
- Arman M. Acalul
- Jemar T. Usman
- Alpa V. Julasbi
- Moumar D. Ima
- Muamar D. Gandali
- Norman M. Bisal
- Roderick H. Agang
- Taha H. Morales
Out of the eight fugitives, Acalul faces a murder case while the others are facing illegal drug charges.
The possibility of connivance between Morales, Gandali, and Bisnal is likely to happen, police said.
The Philippine National Police (PNP) has issued a hot pursuit operation together with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to track the fugitives’ whereabouts, although it was reported that Ima, one of the detainees has been recaptured.
An ongoing investigation is also held to determine the complete details as to how they pulled off the jailbreak.