BIGGEST JAILBREAK | 110 inmates on run after breaking out of jail in Kidapawan
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KIDAPAWAN CITY, Philippines -- (UPDATED W/VIDEO) Authorities said Thursday morning they had recaptured, so far, 34 inmates of Cotabato District Jail who escaped the night before in the country's biggest jailbreak, but more than 110 remained on the run in vast farmlands and isolated villages.
The BJMP does not want to speculate on the identity of possible perpetrators who stormed the prison.
The badly overcrowded jail in Kidapawan, 950 kilometers (590 miles) south of Manila, contained rebels from the various groups as well as members of criminal gangs that thrive in the corruption and poverty of the south.
The jail, which housed about 1,500 inmates, is a run-down former school building that militants have targeted repeatedly over the past 15 years.
The Chief of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), Jail Director Serafin P. Barretto Jr., went to Cotabato to oversee the situation.
Currently, the joint forces of BJMP, Philippine National Police (PNP), and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) are still pursuing the escapees.
All units of BJMP Region 12 including facilities in nearby provinces remain on heightened alert.
Suspected Muslim guerrillas stormed the decrepit jail on Wednesday, freeing 158 inmates and killing a guard, in what authorities said was a bid to free fellow rebels.
Thirty-four of the inmates had been recaptured by Thursday morning, adding to five who were killed on Wednesday, jail authorities said, but they emphasized there were many obstacles in the manhunt.
"This is a very wide area. Aside from sugar, rubber and coconut plantations, there are areas and camps held by rebels that we cannot easily enter," jail warden Peter Bongngat told AFP.
On Thursday, the joint government forces went to Barangay Pisan, Kabacan, North Cotabato, to pursue some 50 armed men who, residents said, passed by the area.
According to the PNP, a former commander of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) named Omar Sultan, alias Derby, led the jailbreak and was seen with 20 escapees.
Derby had been imprisoned in the same jail for murder but escaped last year.
The MILF told Interior Secretary Ismael Sueno that it was not involved in the prison attack but promised to cooperate and apprehend the escapees.
Cotabato is part of the Mindanao hotbed of the decades-old Muslim separatist insurgency, as well as extremist gangs that have recently declared allegiance to the Islamic State.
The southern region of Mindanao is the ancestral homeland of the Muslim minority in the largely Catholic Philippines.
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Following is the list of jail breakers as compiled from a BJMP source:
1 ABAN, RAMOS AKMAD, 22, Kayaga, Kabacan
2 ABAS, RAMIL INIDAL, 28, Buricain 2, Pigcawayan
3 ABAS, ISMAEL, 22, Nalapaan Pikit
4 ABDUL, Dong Kadil, 46, Paucan, Datu Odin Sinsuat
5 ABID, BADRODIN ESCAK, 33, Poblacion, Kabacan
6 ABPI, Roger Tatak, 28, Kabasalan, Pikit
7 ADAM, Ali Sapal, 26, Kibayaw, Carmen
8 AFDAL, Dennis Ulangkaya, 35, Pikit
9 AGAT, SAMIR MANGANSAKAN, 18, Poblacion, Matalam
10 ALBERIO, RENGIE ENOC, 22, Poblacion, Kidapawan City
11 ALIMUDIN, ABDULLAH MANSID, 18, Kayaga, Kabacan
12 ALON, Dadong Akan, 39, Poblacion, Kabacan
13 ALON, JONARD SUELO, 18, Lapu-Lapu St., Kabacan
14 AMBEL, BAYAN CARLOS, 34, San Isidro, Midsayap
15 AMBOD, BOY MAPUNDO, 38, Poblacion, Tulunan
16 AMBOLODTO, RAPACON DIMAWAN, 36, Pob. 3, Midsayap
17 AMBONG, Bong Solaiman, 42, Pagalungan
18 AMIGO, Eddie Baugbog, 26, Junction, Kidapawan City
19 ANGKANAN, Jason Dikolano, 20, Poblacion, Kabacan
20 ANGKANAN, Mokaliden Dikolano, 31, Kabacan
21 ANGKIL, Guinda Manalasal, 29, Kayaga, Kabacan
22 ANOK, Rolly Plang, 26, Plang Village, Kabacan
23 ANTAO, Tagali Kasim, 25, Makasampan, Datu Odin Sinsuat
24 ARANAS, JOEY REGNER, 41, Sudapin, Kidapawan City
25 AYOB. MISUARI ASI, 19, Dalingawen, Pikit
26 BABA, KABELAN SAKILAN, 35, Kadigasan, Midsayap
27 BALASANA, SAMMY ANTICRISTO, 33, Poblacion, Kabacan
28 BALEÑA, Ronie Camura, 43, Poblacion, Antipas
29 BANDILA, Memeng Ugalingan, 35, Dagupan, Kabacan
30 BANOG, Guialil Madigan, 38, Lower Paatan, Kabacan
31 BANSILAN, Danny Taligtig, 29, Pagagawan, North Cotabato
32 BANSILAN, Faisal Sambutol, 33, Poblacion, Kabacan
33 BAROT, ARTURO PONCE, 30, 1-B Brgy. Malamuti, Kabacan
34 BATAGA, Camino Dalupan, 44, Poblacion 2, Banisilan
35 BATAN, Toto Balabagan, 32, Poblacion, Matalam
36 BAYAAN, JAY BOY BANTAC, 18, Kauswagan, Magpet
37 BERMEJO, Jemboy Igbuhay, 20, Poblacion, Carmen
38 CADETE, ZACARIA MACALINGANG, 27, Luanan, Aleosan
39 CADUNGOG, NILO SEBRERO, 38, Lower Katingawan, Midsayap
40 CAGUIO, Jomel Gawilan, 28, Sagundanon, Kitawtaw
41 CAÑETE, MELVIN ANTIPUESTO, 35, Lanao, Kidapawan City
42 CARLOS, BENJIE MANON, 34, San Isidro, Midsayap
43 CASANGYAO, MELVIN JUANILLO, 42, Onica, Kidapawan City
44 CASIM, Nohamad Tagayong, 27, Poblacion 7, Midsayap
45 CEDEÑO, ADONIS RAY FERRAREN, 33, Pob. 7, Midsayap
46 DACULA, KUSAIN MAJID, 23, Poblacion S.K., Pendatun
47 DAGADAS, Abdulhapid Gulam, 23, Poblacion, Kabacan
48 DALANDAN, MABINI ABPI, 43, Malanduagi, Kabacan
49 DALUMANGKOM, Amenudin Pino, 23, Layog, Pagalungan
50 DANGSULAO, BOBY ADSAL, 56, Kandangan, North Cotabato
51 DATU CALI, Aladin Datu, 31, Bulit, Datu Muntawal
52 DATULUKES, RASUL KEBAG, 22, Datu Saudi Ampatuan
53 DELA CRUZ, JASON MANGGA, 18, Popoyon, Tulunan
54 DIMATINDAY, SAMSUDIN RINGAW, 33, Nuyo, Buldon
55 DINAMPO, ROLLIE MAYORMITA, 33, Matina, Davao City
56 DITCHON, ARIEL BIOLON, 23, Lika, Mlang
57 DORONIO, ROY BALETE, 47, San Francisco
58 ENDAILA, JUN AYOB, 32, Kapinpilan, Midsayap
59 ENDEGAY, Tongal Samad, 21, Pandag, Datu Paglas
60 FLORES, RITCHELL VALLES, 30, Sadaan, Midsayap
61 GARCIA, ARMAN GONZAGA, 31, Prk 1, Magallon, Mlang
62 GONZAGA, FERLJOHN J, 21, Poblacion, Kidapawan City
63 GREGORIO, Jorry Derado, 33, New Bunawan, Tulunan
64 GUIAMBALAEN, TAYAN DAUD, 31, Ugalingan, Carmen
65 GUINDA, SAMSUDIN BARA, 27, Pinaring, Sultan Kudarat
66 HADJISALIK, TAHIR NAWAL, 35, Crossing Simuay, Sultan Kudarat
67 HASSAN, SAM MANIAL, 38, Rajamuda, Pikit
69 IBRAHIM, SULAIMAN MADI, 19, Nuangan, Kidapawan City
70 ISLA, JONATHAN MAMIDTID, 18, Poblacion, Matalam
71 ISMAEL, KENTOL GUIMAD, 30, Toreta, Libungan
72 ISMAEL, SUKAT PALAKAD, 40, Balacayon, Pigcawayan
73 JIMENEZ, ANGELITO USIO, 44, Sandawa Homes Phase 1, Kidapawan City
74 KADIL, WAHID HUKOMAN, 26, Nasapian, Sitio Minito, Carmen
75 KAJI, NASSER KADIL, 29, Inug-og, Pagalungan
76 KAMID, JAYBY BALAT, 29, Poblacion, Dalican
77 KASAN, Anton Ambong, 34, Simsiman, Pigcawayan
78 KIDAL, MANDO LIDASAN, 39, Katil, Datu Paglas
79 LAMPANI, KOSIB BAKAL, 24, Batolawan, Pikit
80 LAMPONI, Nor-amin Sagadan, 26, Dungguan, Mlang
81 LANGKUYAN, RASID MUSA, 47, Kayaga, Kabacan
82 LANGUIDO, KAHAR SUNDANG, 29, Pob. 2, Pigcawayan
83 LASAGAS, RONITO A., 29, Liton, Kabacan
84 LIDASAN, RONNIE GUIAMBANGAN, 25, Lanuon, Carmen
85 LIGUE, Danny De Guzman, 28, Matro, Kidapawan City
86 LISCANO, EDFEL BAUTISTA, 39, Pob. 6, Midsayap
87 LOBINO, Jay-ar, 25, Oasis, Kabacan
88 LUAY, Nonoke Cuta, 25, Batulawan, Pikit
89 LUMAMBAS, SAMMY SALAKAN, 33, Popuyon, Tulunan
90 MAMA, Mohamad Mokamad, 45, Poblacion, Kidapawan City
91 MAMALUMPONG, ABDULLA ABUBAKAR, 32, Nungoan, Pikit
92 MAMOKAN, Abdul Ryan Sulaiman, 31, Poblacion 8, Midsayap
93 MANGANDILI, SADINA HEDO, 34, Galakit, Pagalungan
94 MANGANTANG, SAIDALI SALILAGUIA, 35, Fort Pikit, Pikit
95 MANIBOG, JONIE MANLUNAS, 23, Pob. 6, Midsayap
96 MINTOG, PJ Sinapan, 18, Poblacion, Kabacan
97 MOHAMAD, Pahid Rahim, 18, Balacayon, Pigcawayan
98 MOHAMAD, ROSMAN SALIK, 35, Lower Migading, Aleosan
99 MOKAMAD, ALEX, 51, Balacayon, Pigcawayan
100 MONDEJAR, ALFON CORDENERA, 31, Kiyaab, Antipas
101 NAMLI, Myro Manontoc, 17, Mapanao Extension, Kabacan
102 OGUIT, Jerome Nadal, 22, Malasila, Makilala
103 OLIMPAIN, Bandro Sr. Teparan, 42, Kayaga, Kabacan
104 OMAR, ADSEHAR BASAGAN, 28, Talitay, Pikit
105 OPING, Muslimin Langgoyowan, 18, Simone, Kabacan
106 PANANGILAN, ONDO, 30, Rajah Muda, Pikit
107 PANAYAMAN, Nasrudin Guialil, 26, Kilangan, Pagalongan
108 PANDITA, Abdullah Mundas, 44, Amas, Kidapawan City
109 PANGAWILAN, HOMER DABPI, 24, Bagumbayan, Tulunan
110 PANGAWILAN, JONATHAN DUMALABA, 24, Rajamuda, Pikit
111 PASANDALAN, Monaim Kugang, 32, Tambak, Tulunan
112 PENCERGA, Jimmy Obad, 24, Bulatukan, Makilala
113 PENDATUN, HENRY SALINUGAN, 21, SK Pendatun, Sultan Kudarat
114 PERDIDO, JORESTE ROBLES, 34, Pob. 3, Midsayap
115 PIGCAULAN, Rossman Caumbo, 29, Fort Pikit
116 PILAS, MOKALED KANIBPAL, 26, Lumayong, Kabacan
117 PLANG, Usop Beda, 34, New Panay, Aleosan
118 RUTA, Winnie Corimo, 17, Malangag, Antipas
119 SAGUIA, SADAM SABAN, 22, Datu Saudi Ampatuan
120 SALAMAT, ABDULKDAIR PEPICAN, 42, Pagagawan, Datu Montawal
121 SALIK, AKMAD SAMULA, 42, Dunggoan, Datu Montawal
122 SALIK, Aladen Samula, 32, Tunggol Datu Montawal
123 SALIK, Jainoden Samula, 19, Tunggol, Datu Montawal
124 SALIMULA, AKMAD ALI, 27, Poblacion, Matalam
125 SAMAMA, Ebrahim Baraguar, 29, Balacayon, Pigcawayan
126 SAMAMA, Nasser Kalim, 31, Pagalungan
127 SAMPILO, JERRY ORDINESA, 42, San Francisco
128 SANCHEZ, EDGAR CABALLERO, 41, Poblacion, Pres. Roxas
129 SANCHEZ, REX GAKO, 33, Pob. 8, Midsayap
130 SARAUM, ROBIN MELGASO, 17, Bantac, Magpet
131 SELGAS, John Mair Escribano, 50, Baguir, Libungan
132 SERDIÑA, RIZALDE ARANIADO, 37, Prk. Sulphor, Amas, Kidapawan City
133 SING, Aladin Manguka, 28, Tamar, Talayan
135 SOLINAP, RENATO ORATE, 37, Magsaysay, Kidapawan City
136 SULTAN, Acob Dimasangkay, 19 Lanuon, Carmen
137 SULTAN, ALI KUYAG, 20, Rajah Muda, Pikit
138 TAHIR, ABDULLAH MAMARDA, 30, Sapan, Matanog
139 TAKULANGA, JOHN REX PUTI, 29, Poblacion, Kabacan
140 TALUNGON, SUMAEL ANGELES, 22, Crossing Tombras, Midsayap
141 TAYAG, Madz Dali, 20, Langugan, Carmen
142 TIBAN, ALEX DATUAN, 18, Pob. 3, Midsayap
143 TIBURON, Faisal Shariff, 28, Poblacion, Matalam
144 TILONA, Amer Camsa, 24, Central Malamote, Matalam
145 TOLENTINO, ALLAN JAY FABRO, 28, Katidtuan, Kabacan
146 TOMENEZ, JOSILITO LUCAG, 34, Kilagasan, Kabacan
147 TUGAN, ABDULLAH AYADA, 29, Sinalayan, Datu Paglas
148 UNAYAN, AKMAD TANDAY, 25, Kibayaw, Carmen
149 UNOS, Toto Makagkaid, 38, Datu Odin Sinsuat
150 USMAN, Kaliga Kamsa, 21, Baguadatu, Datu Paglas
151 USOP, GARDO SAMPOLNA, 48, Lanoon, Carmen
152 UTALA, Jomar Pulindao, 25, Tamburong, Datu Paglas
153 WALINGAN, Arman, 35, Kayaga, Kabacan
154 ZAILON, HASSIM KAMANSA, 36, Pagagawan, Datu Montawal
155 ZAINON, Oden Labay, 26, Sunrise Street, Kabacan
156 Aka Bataga Tamamay, For verifiaction due to their Aliases or different names
157 Aka ISMAEL, Kadil, For verifiaction due to their Aliases or different names
158 Aka Nasser Abdullah, For verifiaction due to their Aliases or different names
The escape from the jail in Kidapawan adds to a long history of jailbreaks in Mindanao, abetted by abysmal security and corruption that allows rampant smuggling into the rundown prisons.
Here are some of the successful jailbreaks:
April 10, 2004: Fifty-three inmates break out of the main jail on Basilan island, which is a stronghold of the Abu Sayyaf Islamic militant group. The Abu Sayyaf was blamed for the bombing of a ferry in Manila a few months earlier that killed 116 people. Twenty Abu Sayyaf militants were among the escapees.
Police later kill nine of the fugitives, including four Abu Sayyaf members, and recapture 15 others.
February 2, 2007: The Moro Islamic Liberation Front, the nation's biggest rebel group which has waged a decades-long separatist rebellion, free 49 inmates of the Kidapawan jail, the same prison where this week's breakout took place.
One of the escapees is Khair Mundos, a top leader of the Abu Sayyaf. After the US government places a $500,000-bounty on his head, Mundos is recaptured in 2014 in Manila.
December 13, 2009: More than 100 gunmen believed to belong to the MILF blast a wall of the Basilan provincial jail and spring 31 inmates. One prison guard and one assailant dies.
Among the escapees is a man accused of taking part in the beheading of 10 marines in an MILF ambush more than two years earlier.
March 4, 2010: Mohammad Jaafar Maguid, alias Commander Tokboy, escapes from his prison cell in Alabel town, according to the government's Philippine Information Agency.
Maguid later founds and leads Ansarul Khilafa, a small militant organisation that pledges allegiance to the Islamic State group and becomes one of the nation's most wanted criminals. He was killed in a police raid at a beach resort in Sarangani on Thursday.
August 27, 2016: Dozens of Islamic militants of the Maute group, another gang that has pledged allegiance to IS, raids a jail in Marawi city and frees 23 inmates.
Eight of the escapees are Maute members who were arrested a week earlier carrying pistols and improvised bombs at a military checkpoint.
The Maute group is then blamed for a bombing a month later in southern Davao city that kills 15 people.