Two more escapees died while 22 more fugitives were recaptured from the ongoing military-police pursuit operation that stemmed from the Jan. 3 jailbreak of 158 inmates from the North Cotabato District Jail here after the facility was attacked by some 100 heavily armed men believed to be members of the outlawed Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters.
Chief Inspector Sonny Leoncito, Matalam town police chief, identified the two latest casualties on the part of the escapees as Eddie Amigo and Roy Doronico who were both cornered at the boundaries of adjacent Matalam and Kabacan towns.
Leoncito said pursuing troops were forced to neutralize the two runaways on late Thursday afternoon after resisting arrest.
This developed as 22 more escapees were recaptured in the villages of Kabacan town.
Sr. Insp. Ronnie Cordero, Kabacan police chief, confirmed the arrest of 22 fugitives namely, Rossman Pigcaulan, Nor-Amin Sadagan, Mabini Dalamban, Ayob Misuari, Fahid Mohamad, Ariel Ditchon, Mama Abdullah, Amiludin Dalumancom, Maido Namli, Saidina Mangandili, Benjie Manong Carlos, Ronito Lasagas, Aladdin Datukali, Walid Ukoman Kadil, Abdul Hapid Dagadas, Jason Mangga Dela Cruz, Saidali Mangantan, Jorie Gregorio, Danny Bansilan, Hoseb Lampani, Jonard Suelo Alan, and Dadong Akan Alon on Thursday evening in remote Barangay Bangilan of the municipality while hiding in a forested area.
In Matalam, ten were also separately recaptured in four far-flung villages late Thursday afternoon.
Those nabbed in Barangay Manuban were Jimmy Pacerga, Roger Abpi, Abid Eskak, and PJ Sinapan Mintog; while those recaptured in Barangay Upper Valdevieso were Earl John Gonzaga, Ritchel Flores, and Joreste Perdido.
In Barangay New Bugasong, recaptured were Rollie Mayormita Dinampo, Faisal Sambutol Bansilan and Guinda Manalasag Angkil.
Two other runaways, Renjie Enoc Alberio and Alfon Cordinira Mondijar were collared at Barangay Kabulakan.
The North Cotabato Provincial Police Office said that as of Jan. 5, a total of 53 fugitives were recaptured, eight got killed while two others were confined under heavy guard at the provincial hospital.
Latest NCPPO records also showed that 105 more escapees remain at large.
Police Sr. Supt. Emmanuel Peralta, acting NCCPO provincial director, said the manhunt operation would continue without let-up until the last escapee is retrieved.
Source: Philippines News Agency