PNP chief orders Central Mindanao-based police reg’l chiefs to help BJMP in manhunt vs. fugitive detainees

Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa has ordered the police regional chiefs based in Central Mindanao to help the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) in the manhunt against the fugitive detainees from North Cotabato.

"I have instructed Police Regional Directors of PROs (Police Regional Offices) based in mainland Mindanao to assist the BJMP in manhunt operations against fugitive detainees who bolted the North Cotabato District Jail yesterday, January 4," Dela Rosa said in a press conference in Camp Crame, Quezon City on Thursday evening.Military units, tasked to pursue the escaped inmates and raiders of the North Cotabato District Jail in Kidapawan City last Jan. 4, have recaptured 18 of the detainees during two operations Thursday morning.

A total of 158 inmates were freed in the 12 a.m. raid made by some 100 heavily-armed men believed to be members of the Mindanao-based Islamist militant organization Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF).

So far, some 18 inmates were recaptured by troopers from the 7th Infantry Battalion in Barangay Bangilan, Kabacan town, North Cotabato Thursday morning.

"I would like to remind our PNP units and personnel engaged in efforts to re-capture the fugitives that the rules on warrantless arrest are applicable in these manhunt operations," Dela Rosa added.

Likewise, the PNP chief has also ordered the PNP commanders to conduct security survey of detention facilities and installations in their areas to prevent similar incidents.

Source: Philippines News Agency