ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Feb. 21, 2011) – Seven prisoners escaped Monday from a jail facility in Pagadian City in the southern Filipino province of Zamboanga del Sur, officials said.
Officials said a jail guard and a prisoner were killed in an ensuing gun battle. Those who escaped were facing murder and other criminal charges, said Army Lieutenant Colonel Randolph Cabangbang, a regional military spokesman.
He said the prisoners grabbed the weapons of jail guards and used them in fighting their way out. "The prisoners escaped with at least two high-powered firearms and have commandeered a vehicle," he said.
No other details were made available by jail officials and the provincial police chief Elmer Escosia ignored phone calls and did not answer text messages from journalists.