Inmate escapes jail by blending in crowd

CEBU Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center (CPDRC) inmate Arnel Mait, who is facing drug charges, escaped last Monday morning by wearing a visitor’s ID and with an ink mark on his arm using an improvised rubber stamp, then joined the crowd of guests going out of the facility after staying overnight with their loved ones there.

Jail consultant Marco Toral said that recovered from the escapee’s cell was the thick carboard neatly cut to form the stamp “CPDRC Visitor” with a marker used in place of indelible ink.

Toral ordered all jail visits canceled indefinitely. Jail visits are scheduled on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays.

He said they are also planning to change the system of identifying prisoners from guests. At present, prison authorities stamp CPDRC Visitors on entering guests and issue visitors’ IDs.

As of 3 p.m. yesterday, Toral said they had searched ports, talked to the family and the wife of Mait but had yet to arrest him.

Toral said they checked all Cebu ports and left a recent photograph of Mait with the Philippine Coast Guard personnel so they can identify him.

They went to see Mait’s wife in Barangay Taloot, Argao, but they saw no indication that the escapee was there.

Toral said they believe Mait planned his escape alone, as shown by the facility’s closed-circuit television footage capturing his escape.


Among usbon ang tanan, among usbon ang stampa, among usbon ang ID (We’ll change everything, from stamp to ID),” said Toral.

Based on CPDRC records, Mait was detained last Jan. 22 for drug pushing and possession.

Jail authorities also learned that the escapee doubted his wife’s faithfulness as she only visited him twice.

The wife told the jail guards when they met her that she did not have money for fare to Cebu City to visit her husband.

Meanwhile, Alvaro “Barok” Alvaro, a suspected accomplice of alleged drug lord Jeffery “Jaguar” Diaz, is now with other prisoners in CPDRC.

After he surrendered to the NBI, he was detained alone in one of the cells of CPDRC.

Toral said he believed that this inmate will no longer have contact with the outside, as he does not have a cell phone anymore. 

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