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Napolcom: Negligence and security lapses led to jailbreak in Tetuan

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The National Police Commission (Napolcom) yesterday announced that there were lapses in security measures, the reason for the mass jailbreak at the Tetuan Police Station detention cell.

Napolcom regional director Atty. Pablito Abad said gross negligence and lapses in security are grounds for dismissal from service.

Abad vowed to conduct a separate investigation to identify the policemen who are directly involved in securing the inmates during the said jailbreak.

“Kung may pagkukulang, may mananagot,” he warned.

He said cops who are assigned to guard the entry of visitors have miserably failed to check and frisk the visitor who was carrying the hack saw blade which was used to cut the lock of the detention cell.

“So these cops were responsible because they failed to notice the entry of the hack saw blade. It is their look out to conduct frisking and checking of all the bags of families visiting their prisoners,” Abad emphasized.

However, he said, the level of liabilities by the cops who were tasked to secure the inmates from the investigators and other policemen of the Tetuan Police Station will differ.

At least 26 cops of the said police station have been disarmed and recalled to the Zamboanga City Police Office.

Supt. Hadjiri Langgal, chief of the Tetuan Police Station had also been immediately replaced by Supt. Alvin Saguban, former chief of the Regional Mobile Group.

Currently, only one escapee, Sulaiman Sali remains at large. The Zamboanga City Police Office (ZCPO) is offering P50,000 reward to any informant who can help pinpoint the whereabouts of the fugitive that would eventually lead to his capture.

Saguban warned relatives and friends not to hide Sali since providing sanctuary to a wanted man is illegal and unlawful.

“They must not help Sali or hide him from police authorities if they don’t want to be charged for harboring a criminal. (Elinor Fernandez)




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