KIDAPAWAN CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Apr. 24, 2009) – Police on Friday captured one of 15 prisoners who escaped from jail in Cotabato City in the southern Philippines, officials said.
Officials said Sukarno Sanday alias Oting Holdap was captured during a raid in his hideout in the village of Tamontaka 3 shortly before 6 a.m.
Senior Superintendent Willie Dangane, Cotabato City police chief, said the arrest of Sanday was a joint operation between the police, the military’s Task Force Tugis and the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology.
Dangane, who organized the Task Force Bali-Piitan, said there is an ongoing operation to track down the remaining 14 escapees.
Chief Superintendent Fidel Cimatu, Jr. , the regional police chief, also ordered the police to double its efforts to bring these law breakers back to justice.
Police also linked two of the escapees - Adta Limba, alias Tah Pusher, and Kanakan Karim, also known as Kritikal - in the shooting of a poll official lawyer Rendon Gutierrez, 43, in Cotabato City on April 21.
Gutierrez, poll officer of Libungan town in North Cotabato, was shot in the head, but survived the attack and is recuperating at an undisclosed hospital, police said.
It said witnesses pointed to the two men as the shooters and they were among 15 prisoners who escaped April 16 from a jail in Cotabato City. (Geo Solmerano)