JAIL ESCAPEES. The mugshots of the three detainees who bolted jail at the Sasa police station in Davao City on June 16, 2022. The Davao City Police Office has relieved the station’s chief and the guard-on-duty following the incident. (Photo courtesy of DCPO)

DAVAO CITY – A police station commander and a jailer on-duty are now under investigation by the Davao City Police Office (DCPO) following the escape of three detainees under their watch.

DCPO spokesperson, Capt. Ma. Teresita Gaspan, identified those relieved from their posts as Maj. Alberto Abella, the Sasa police station commander, and Master Sgt. Roger Babao, the station’s on-duty jailer.

“They are now placed under careful watch while temporarily assigned to do administrative work. We are investigating whether they have involvements in the matter,” Gaspan said in a press briefing Wednesday.

Abella was replaced by Major Jose Rodrigo Mendoza in a turnover ceremony on June 20.

Gaspan said the two could be charged with administrative cases.

Meanwhile, the DCPO has alerted nearby police stations in Samal Island, Davao del Norte; and Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur for a coordinated manhunt operation against the three escapees who bolted jail on June 16.

The escapees, identified as Alan Tilmaria Suluan, 22; Aljun Norbia Lulang, 19; and Agdokahal Montasi,18. All are facing charges in violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

The three, all of Badjao descent, are residents of Isla Verde, Barangay 23-C, this city.

They escaped by sawing off a steel bar of their cell using a still unknown cutting material, police said. (PNA)