At least 16 inmates from the Calbayog City Jail in Samar escaped on Wednesday, police said.
Chief Superintendent Henry Losañes, acting Eastern Visayas regional director, said that of the 87 prisoners in the city jail 16 inmates escaped during a Baptist bible study held at the jail visitors’ area.
Losañes said while the bible study is ongoing one of the prisoners grabbed the rifle of a jailguard and all in all, the escapees took one M-16 rifles, a shotgun and a 9mm pistol.
The city jail is located about six kilometers away from the local police station of Calbayog City.
The city jail is guarded by 26 Bureau of Jail Management and Penology personnel.
Police are now conducting further follow-up and manhunt operations for the possible recapturing of the escapees. PNA