12-M bounty for Cota­bato jail­break mas­ter­minds

Manila Bulletin - - News - By ALI G. MACABALANG and CHITO A. CHAVEZ

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.

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