FOUR detainees of Bacolod City Police Station 1 escaped by slipping through the ceiling of the lock-up cell Wednesday morning (June 15).
Senior Inspector Richard Fajarito, chief of Police Station 1, who was at the station during the incident, said he was informed by Police Officer 1 (PO1) Fritz Lacson, the jailer, that the detainees bolted around 4 a.m.
The escapees are Ronald Flores alias “Weng-Weng,” 21, of Purok Grasya, Barangay Taculing; Everson Palisoc alias “Ever,” 31, of Purok Kabulakan Uno, Barangay Singcang-Airport; Roger Flores alias “Tinoy,” 26, of Purok Kingfisher, Barangay 16; and Neil Española, 23, of Purok Green Shell, Magsungay, Barangay Singcang-Airport.
Ronald Flores is charged with violations of Republic Act 10591 or Comprehensive Firearms Ammunition Regulation Act, and Commission on Elections gun ban.
Palisoc and Roger Flores are facing charges for robbery, while Espanola is charged for theft, and his reglementary period lapsed at 4 a.m. Wednesday.
Fajarito said the escapees sawed off four roll bars in the ceiling of the cell’s toilet while their five fellow detainees were sleeping. Then, they jumped behind Bongbong’s Pastries store situated below the police station.
Policemen found the hacksaw blade inside the cell.
One of the female detainees told the police that the jail officer was not around and could have been sleeping.
Fajarito confirmed that Lacson was at the station, however, he apparently failed to perform his job.
Lacson, along with desk officer PO1 Nestor Madelo, team leader PO3 Alfred Tumalaytay, and members PO2s Dick Albaladejo and Yves Eduardo Tiangson, were directed to submit their explanation.
Fajarito also ordered his men to double the security alert for the lock-up cell.
Meanwhile, Senior Superintendent Flynn Dongbo, acting director of Bacolod City Police Office, directed the Investigation and Detection Management Branch led by Superintendent Placido Gentoleo to determine how the four detainees were able to escape.
Dongbo said he already ordered Lacson’s superior to disarm him while the investigation is ongoing.
Last year, a Police Station 1 detainee also escaped, and was recaptured in Silay City.