Ouster of jail guards sought due to jail break

Insp. Elias Dandan, chief of police of Pikit, said that after the jail break, he received death threats.

Dandan was behind Limpangan’s arrest after kidnapping German national and treasure hunter Thomas Walraff and his Filipina wife in Pikit, North Cotabato. 

“My family has also received death threats. So we’re all in danger after Limpangan escaped from his prison cell,” he lamented.

Dandan said he was also surprised why the three escapees were actually cellmates in prison. “Why did the jail management allow that? That is a big no-no,” he said.

He said the jail guards should be held responsible for the escape.

Supt. Renato Hiso, acting provincial police director, said they already conducted investigation on the jail break and submitted recommendations to Gov. Jesus Sacdalan since the provincial jail is not under his office’s operational control. “It’s up to the provincial governor whether he would heed our recommendations or not,” he said.

Initial police investigations show that there were lapses on the part of the jail guards.

“How come the jail guards failed to notice there were activities going on in one of the prison cells? Are they not doing a 24-hour roving? That is standard operating procedure,” stressed Supt. Jose Calimutan, head of the intelligence division of the Cotabato PNP that led the investigation of the jail break. (Malu Cadeliña Manar / MindaNews)