An 18-year-old inmate who is facing carnapping and illegal possession of escaped yesterday from his prison cell at the Quezon City Jail.
Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) spokesperson Senior Inspector Xavier Solda confirmed that escapee Seldepes Manangquil climbed the spiral stairs and nearby wall of the jail facility and made a successful escape.
Manangquil was brought in at the Quezon City Jail only on December 7.
A manhunt operation is now being conducted in a bid to recapture Manangquil.
BJMP NCR Regional Director Jail Chief Superintendent Dennis Rocamora who rushed to the Quezon City Jail early morning yesterday immediately ordered the relief and investigation of the duty personnel at the tower post, proximate to where the inmate was able to find his way out.
“This incident, aside from being totally unacceptable, should send a warning among our colleagues in the field to be more vigilant while guarding their post”, Rocamora said. “I will wait for the result of the investigation but definitely, appropriate charges will be filed against those who lapsed from their duties.”
Rocamora also sought the assistance of Manangquil’s relatives to cooperate with the BJMP tracking team to ensure his safe return to the facility.
To ensure that no such Holiday Season escape will occur again, BJMP Chief Jail Director Deogracias C. Tapayan ordered the country’s jail wardens to impose airtight security in their respective facilities.
“While we are mindful of the influx of visitors this season, all activities must not compromise our security protocols in jails,” Tapayan said.