8 escape Lanao del Norte prison

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AUTHORITIES have launched a manhunt operation against eight hardened criminals who bolted from a prison facility in Tubod town, Lanao del Norte at dawn on Thursday, a police official said.

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Senior Supt. Gervacio Balmaceda Jr., Northern Mindanao Police Office chief information officer, identified the eight criminals in his report submitted to Camp Crame, as Amoran Dasimbor alias “Amuran Mulok,” Samsodin Mamao, Musa-kira Tomanto, Alisaman Santos alias “Bokong,” Walid Mandagla, Anowar Angni alias “Ano,” Caris Landi and Bawi Mapandi.

The police official added that the escaped inmates are facing several criminal charges ranging from parricide, murder, robbery and illegal possession of firearms and are considered to be dangerous.

Balmaceda said the eight inmates escaped surreptitiously at about 3:15 a.m. Thursday from the Lanao Provincial Jail in Barangay Pigcarangan in Tubod town in Lanao del Norte.

He added that based on the initial investigation of the Tubod Municipal Police Station, the inmates escaped by sawing off the grills of their cell using a hacksaw.

The police official also said that the guards on duty, namely Roderick Banasco, Oscar Molijon, and Ernesto Caro learned of the escape after one of the inmates shouted that the eight had already escaped.

A hacksaw blade was turned over by an inmate to the responding elements of the Tubod police.

Balmaceda said that elements of the Lanao del Norte Provincial Police Office have launched a manhunt operation and random checkpoint operations for the immediate arrest of the escaped inmates.

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