Jailbreak in PDEA Jail in Central Luzon. 13 high-value drug-peddlers escape. Cut steel bars with chainsaws to escape.

Jailbreak becoming frequent.

PICS Courtest: Freeimages.com

PICS Courtest: Freeimages.com

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Man-made disasters have a penchant of taking the establishment by surprise more than the natural ones. A nation steeped in the most corrupt practices is a matter of serious concern for citizens who love their nation. That is why President Duterte emerged as a winner even before casting the first vote in the Presidential elections.

This day 26th February, the nation woke up to hear of the horrors that happened elsewhere in the nation. The inmates of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) were also shocked when 13 of their colleagues broke free.

Since the jail belonged to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), the inmates were all drug addicts and offenders. This jail happens to be within the premises of the Central Luzon police headquarters in Camp Olivas.

It is in the news since 13 inmates managed to escape on the night of Sunday at about 1 AM. The exact identities of the escaped prisoners could not be established since they are being kept secret for security purposes.

Investigations revealed that the culprits had cut the steel bars of the cells with the help of Chainsaws. They were yet to ascertain how the inmates could manage to smuggle the tools past the security gates.

Juvenal Azurin, the Director of the Central Luzon chapter of the PDEA spoke to newsmen about the incident. He mentioned that the investigation into how they moved the cutting tools inside the premises could wait.

More importantly, the security forces were trying to trace the escaped fugitives before they got too far.

The most significant aspect of this jailbreak is that almost all the fugitives are from Bulacan. Armed with this knowledge, the police are trying out various strategies and bits of knowledge for tracking them.

Some of the escapees had been in jail for 5 months or less, said Azurin. Prior to their arrests, the escapees had been in possession of huge amounts of drugs.

That is why it is very important to trace and apprehend them at the earliest, Azurin said. Consequently, they are high-value targets for the simple reason that they could influence the war on illegal drugs.

In addition, the police dragnet is covering all the nooks and corners of the country due to the high alert. Search teams are searching all the provinces and transportation hubs like Metro Manila.

A close watch is also being kept in the surrounding areas of Central Luzon . This jailbreak has again drawn attention to the miserable condition of the jails and their inmates. Most of the detention centers are overcrowded, ill equipped, poorly maintained and meagerly funded.

In addition, the majority of the jails are not adequately guarded. There have been numerous instances of massive jailbreaks at regular intervals. The lawlessness that was rampant in the country led to massive overcrowding of the detention facilities.

Moreover, this incident also brings to mind the recent jailbreak in January. More than 100 gunmen stormed a jail and released about 150 inmates including some prominent criminals and druglords.

That was the biggest jailbreak in the history of the Philippines.

Moreover, Islamist terrorists stormed another jail in August 2016 and freed their colleagues lodged there.

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Umrao Singh
Written for: Lars-Magnus Carlsson
Monday, 27 February 2017