Cotabato City takes custody of woman accused of escape

The woman, 22, a guest relations officer in General Santos City and known only by her alias, Donna, was turned over to police on Saturday by Senior Jail Officer 2 Nemesio Anggulo of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) in Cotabato City. After they recovered from here a letter from her former live-in partner Samson Sabpa, one of the escapees, detailing their planned escape. 

The letter was placed inside a pocket notebook that Donna owned. 

Reports said the jailbreak took place minutes after Donna left Sabpa’s prison cell.

The inmates escaped one after another through the front gate, along a busy street in Cotabato City’s main commercial district. 

Donna, however, failed to escape after she fell on the floor.  Both her legs were injured as a result of the accident, rendering her immobile.       

Immediately, Anggulo arrested Donna and held her for questioning inside the city jail, then turned her over to city police chief Dangane.

Police are already readying charges against Donna.

Dangane recommended the immediate relief of the guards assigned at the jail when the breakout took place.

“There was negligence on their part.   There were lapses in security,” he said.

The escape took place at 8 p.m. when Donna was still inside the penitentiary.

Dangane has sought assistance of the 6th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army to arrest the fugitives identified as Rakman Kanakan, Dalawi Nasser Labing, Kasim Muktar Usman, Haron Salibo Samad, Tashir Nasser Labing, Umbra Rasul Piang, Jailani Kamad, Mimba Agta, Kamaong Datu Ali, Jalon Sabpa, Samson Sabpa, Faisal Dumama, Adam Ibrahim, and Datu Ali Dumagko. 

Dangane considered most of the escapees as “high-risk criminals.” (Malu Cadelina-Manar/MindaNews)