North Cotabato police releases names of 13 most wanted escapees

KIDAPAWAN CITY — Authorities released the names of 13 most wanted escapees from the North Cotabato District Jail (NCDJ) following the January 3 attack on the facility by some 100 armed men who sprung out 158 inmates, including high risk prisoners facing terror bombing charges.

In a statement on Tuesday, the North Cotabato Police Public Community Relations Office identified the most wanted men as Badrodin Escak Abid (robbery); Ali Sapal Adam (attempted homicide); Bong Solaiman Ambong (illegal possession of explosive); Guinda Manalasal Angkil (illegal drugs); Guialil Madigan Banog (illegal drugs); Toto Balabagan Batan (illegal drugs and explosives);

Also named were Bobby Adsal Dangsulao (Illegal possession of explosives); Sam Manial Hassan (Illegal possession of explosives); Nonoke Cuta Luay (illegal possession of explosive); Jonathan Dumalaba Pangawilan (illegal possession of explosives); Ali Kuyag Sultan (illegal possession of explosives); Gardo Sampolna Usop (murder & multiple attempted murder); and Jomar Pulindao Utala (illegal possession of ammunition).

The 13 most wanted form part of some 90 fugitives who remain at large.

Of the 158 escapees, the provincial police office said 10 died in the ongoing manhunt operation.

An update said that Sr. Supt. Alberto Balauag, director of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology in Central Mindanao, and Supt. Peter John Bongat, NCDJ officer-in-charge, were relieved of their posts due to the incident.

Chief Insp. Jesus Singson, newly designated NCDJ warden, is set to impose stricter security protocols inside the facility and its perimeter to prevent similar attacks in the future. John Tabugoc/PNA-northboundasia.com