Cebu News

Two more escapees from OSC found

Iris Hazel M. Mascardo - The Freeman

CEBU, Philippines —  The tracker team has found two more of the 20 children in conflict with the law (CILC) who escaped from the Operation Second Chance facility in Barangay Kalunasan, Cebu City last Saturday.

Currently, the authorities are still looking for the remaining three CICL.

Police Major Jonathan dela Cerna, chief of Guadalupe Police Station, said they have deployed a mobile patrol around the vicinity of the facility for security monitoring.

Dela Cerna continues to appeal to parents and guardians to coordinate or surrender their children with them or those among them who escaped the facility.

“Actually, ang involved city employee. Wala tay hold ana for that nag undergo gihapon tag investigation. As to the liability, wala tay hold ana,” said dela Cerna.

Dela Cerna said they will look into this separate from the task force that Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama has tasked to conduct investigation also.

Quoting the data from his investigator, dela Cerna said that less than 10 security personnel were assigned in the entire facility.

However, on the night these minors were able to escape, a guard and a house parent were at the gate assisting a minor who is supposed to be taken to hospital due to difficulty in breathing.

On Sunday morning, at least seven of the 20 surrendered to authorities.

Initial investigation revealed that this group of minors might have planned their escape for a long time now.

“Kay murag, ilang gilusob nila diretso ang gate, ni-diretso bitaw, nagdala og mga binugha, nya wala kapugong ang (security) kay siya ra man usa kuno gabantay sa gate, murag giplano gyud daan nga manakas sila,” said dela Cerna.

The facility’s head, Ambrosio Ibones, said this started when one of their CICL was about to be rushed to the hospital after complaining of having difficulty in breathing. — GMR (FREEMAN)


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