CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga - At least 5 more detainees who bolted out of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency III detention facility in Camp Olivas in the City of San Fernando last Sunday are the remaining subject of a manhunt operation after another two of them surrendered on Monday night.
According to PDEA-3 Director, Juvenal Azurin, those who surrendered were Edilberto Clemente and Roberto Castillo, Jr.
Clemente was picked up by PDEA-3 agents at SM Marilao while Castillo was re-arrested at the Sta. Rita exit toll of the North Luzon Expressway in Plaridel town, Azurin said.
The two voluntarily surrendered, he said.
Azurin said PDEA3 agents and other law enforcement units are now on a manhunt operation against the five remaining detainees.
On Sunday early dawn, 13 detainees of PDEA3 escaped from their facility detention cell located inside Police Regional Office III here.
The detainees made their way out of the detention facility reportedly using a saw to cut the metal bars of the cell and made it through EMS Subdivision at the back of Camp Olivas. The village is home active Phiulippine National Police personnel.
The saw is now the subject of a through investigation as to where the suspects got it. The two PDEA guards on duty that Sunday are similarly under investigation.
Azurin said that two other detainees in the cell did not escape: one with a bailable case and the other one was asleep.
He disclosed that the 13 inmates are considered high-value drug personalities with some of them in detention for several months now. (Ric Sapnu)