Nearly 200 inmates escaped from a provincial jail in Palo, Leyte at dawn on Thursday, a police spokesman said.
Philippine National Police (PNP) spokesman, Sr. Supt. Wilben Mayor, said that 148 of the 182 inmates who bolted the Leyte Provincial jail have been recaptured by elements of the Regional Public Safety Battalion.
“There are still 34 inmates unaccounted for and are now being pursued by our tracker team in Leyte,” Mayor said.
He quoted reports that inmates escaped at around 4:50 a.m. on Thursday.
The said jail facility housed some 431 inmates at the time of the jailbreak, the PNP spokesman said.
The PNP spokesman said they are gathering details of and the motive for the jailbreak.
Mayor said some of the inmates were complaining of inadequate food, the poor condition of their jail and the slow progress of their cases.