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Jail warden doubts ‘under repair’ note in logbook, insists CCTV working

The hard drive of the closed circuit television cameras in Baybay City sub-provincial jail where Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa was killed is missing.

MANILA, Philippines – The warden of the Leyte provincial jail insisted on Thursday that the closed-circuit television cameras (CCTV) in Baybay City sub-provincial jail are all working contrary to the dubious note in their logbook that they are “under repair.”

Jail warden Homobono Bardillon said in a Senate inquiry that their CCTV cameras are brand new and functioning when the police Criminal Investigation and Detention Group raiding team arrived.

Bardillon added that the 24-man raiding team gained full control of the facility when his jail guards where disarmed and forced to face the wall.

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Crucial evidence in the killing of Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa and another inmate is missing and Bardillon said someone took it.

The jail warden added that the “under repair” note in their logbook was not written in the same handwriting that his jail guard on duty used.

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“Definitely hindi prison guard ang nagsulat, magkaiba ang penmanship,” Bardillon said.

An inmate said in his affidavit that the raiding team turned off the cameras after they noticed that they were being recorded.

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The CIDG raiding team denied the allegations and said that they don’t have the missing hard drive with the CCTV footage.

Philippine National Police Director General Ronald Dela Rosa earlier ordered the relief of officers involved in the killing of Espinosa . They have been assigned to the Personnel Holding and Accounting Unit while an Internal Affairs Service investigations is ongoing.

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