IPIL, Philippines – Seven inmates facing various criminal charges from robbery to rape have escaped from a provincial prison in the southern Philippines, police said Friday.
Police said the jailbreak occurred late Thursday in the town of Manukan in Zamboanga del Norte province. Several prison guards have been suspended from their duty because of the escape.
The prisoners bolted out from their cell after destroying its window grills. Police and jail officials said there is an ongoing investigation into the escape.
Police have mounted a manhunt in the town and appealed to relatives to convince the escapees, if they return home, to surrender peacefully. (Mindanao Examiner)