MANILA (AFP) – Nearly 100 inmates who escaped a week ago during the Philippines’ biggest jailbreak remain on the run with some being protected by rebels or bandits, authorities said Wednesday.
One guard was killed as dozens of gunmen raided a dilapidated jail in the strife-torn south of the country, with murderers and rapists among the 158 prisoners who took advantage of the chaos to escape.
Authorities said they had carried out an extensive manhunt in vast farmlands and isolated villages surroun-ding Kidapawan city where the jailbreak took place, which netted 51 of the escapees and killed 10 others.
However 97 remained on the run, provincial police chief Senior Superintendent Emmanuel Peralta told AFP on Wednesday.
He said some inmates may have taken refuge in camps of various armed groups that are based in the region, with the rebels refusing to shelter any of the Christian escapees.