12-M bounty for Cotabato jailbreak masterminds
KIDAPAWAN CITY – North Cotabato officials have raised a 12-million bounty for the arrest of suspected local drug lord Melvin Casangyao and Esmael Nasser alias Derby, who were allegedly funded the jailbreak at the North Cotabato District Jail last week which led to the escape of 185 inmates.
A 110,000 bounty was likewise offered for the recpature of each of the 90 escapees who remain at large.
Acting Gov. Shirlyn MacasarteVillanueva announced the reward money availalble during a press briefing last Wednesday after convening the Special Action Committee (SAC) organized to address the aftermath of the incident.
Meantime, a reshuffle of Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) perosnnel is in the offing in the wake of recent jailbreak.
Interior and Local Government Secretary Ismael Sueno cited the urgency of the revamp to avoid the familiarity of jail officials with the inmates that may breed illegal considerations and other illicit transactions.
“While this (reshuffle) is part of normal operating procedures, the recent jail incident prods us to do it sooner than usual,” said Sueno.
Sueno also ordered BJMP Director Serafin Barretto to check the NCDJ facility to ensure that there will be no repeat of the attack incident.
Earlier, Barretto has recommended the closure of the NCDJ and for the transfer of the inmates in another jail facility within Socsksargen Region.