• At least 29 inmates escaped from a police jail facility in Jolo
• 17 of the 29 were immediately recaptured
• The 12 who remained at large are now the subjects of a massive manhunt operation
At least 29 inmates escaped from a jail facility in Jolo, Sulu on Saturday morning, February 24.
According to Philippine News Agency, the detainees staged the jailbreak at the police station in Barangay Walled City at around 10:40 in the morning when the detention guard on duty briefly left his post to go to the toilet to relieve himself.
Brig. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, Joint Task Force Sulu commander, said 17 of the 29 escapees were immediately recaptured by other police officers on duty while the other 12 remained at large. They are now the subjects of a massive manhunt operation.
Police Senior Inspector Jemar Delos Santos, the spokesman of the Philippine National Police-Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, identified the 12 escapees as Herbert Bael, Radzmir Salahudin Nurhassan Taasan, Alim Misah, Abdulwahid Lipae, Junal Sali, Alvin Hamdi Al-Amil Kipili, Algamer Bantala, Muthamir Pangambayan, Khan Balang at Dante Abdulla.
All of those who are still at large are facing drug charges, except for Herbert Bael who was charged for physical injury.