KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/01 August) – Twenty high-risk inmates at the North Cotabato District Jail here, were transferred on Monday to a bigger and more secured jail in General Santos City, the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) said.
The transferred detainees include suspected bomber Molis Tashin a.k.a. Commander Kule Mamagong and alleged kidnappers, police said.
Tashin was tagged as the mastermind of several bombing incidents in Region 12.
He was arrested in Carmen, North Cotabato in 2007 and charged with multiple murder and frustrated murder in connection with the bombing incidents in 2007 in Makilala, North Cotabato and Tacurong City in Sultan Kudarat, which killed six people and injured 36 others.
Also transferred to GenSan City Jail were Celso Batoy and Rudy Artiola, both alleged top officials of the New Peoples’ Army (NPA) operating in Southern and Northern Mindanao.
Batoy was arrested in Arakan, North Cotabato in 2011, and Rudy Antiola in June 2017. They are facing murder and illegal possession of firearms and explosives.
Police identified Antiola as the finance officer of NPA Front 53 operating in North Cotabato and Bukidnon.
The other inmates transported to General Santos were Abdulgani Abas a.k.a Abas Abdulgani Malang, Larry Antelino, Jack Moro M. Bacana, Sonny P. Bacana, Nolia Badol, Daud S. Milo a.k.a Rahim Daud Manampan, Tonot S. Sandek a.k.a Tonto Sandek Usman, Palao L. Amerol,
Badrudin E. Abid, Lahmodin B. Ampuan, Joharie Anding Buhisan, Arnold Macabuat Gonsang, Badrudin Macabuat Gonsang, Nasser Macabuat Gonsang, Jumar Sumen Diarog, Arcega Rajamuda Talib and Nasser Suliek Karim.
The transfer came hours after personnel from the BJMP, 602nd Infantry Brigade and the Cotabato Police Provincial Office conducted greyhound operations dubbed “Oplan Galugad” inside the provincial jail.
Around 5 a.m., also on Monday, they started the search and reportedly seized from several prison cells 45 assorted cellular phones, 69 sharp objects like knives and ice picks, and an electrical circuit used to manufacture an improvised explosive device.
Acting Cotabato police director Senior Superintendent Emmanuel Peralta said the greyhound operations on Monday won’t be the last since they are bent on “cleansing” the jail of prohibited gadgets and deadly weapons. (Malu Cadelina Manar/MindaNews)