TEN inmates of the Parañaque City Jail, most of whom facing drug charges, were killed while the warden was wounded in an apparent grenade explosions in what could have been a botched jail break attempt Thursday night.
A spokesperson of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) identified the slain inmates as Waren Manampen, Ronald Domdom, Rodel Domdom, Danilo Pineda, Joseph Villasor, Oliver Sarreal, Jeremy Flores, Jonathan Ilas, Jacky Huang and Yonghan Cai. Except for the Chinese nationals, who died on arrival at the Ospital ng Parañaque, the rest of the inmates died on the spot.
The BJMP also said that eight of these inmates are facing drug charges, including the two Chinese nationals.
Supt. Gerald Bantag, Parañaque City Jail warden, sustained shrapnel wounds in the face and leg. He is still undergoing medical treatment in an undisclosed hospital and is still not available to give any statement, the BJMP said.
According to the BJMP, the alleged jail break attempt happened at about 8 p.m. while the inmates were trying to have an audience with Warden Bantag about their scheduled transfer. It was then that the explosions and, some witnesses said, a brief gun battle occurred inside the warden’s office where the inmates are.
Bantag told investigators before he was rushed to the hospital, he was brushing his teeth when “he heard several gunshots which prompted him to grab his 9-mm pistol. He said the inmates kept firing at him, so he kept firing back as he tried to make his way out of his office. It was then that the grenade exploded.”
The BJMP said the planned transfer of the inmates could have been the reason why they tried to escape by apparently trying to take Bantag hostage.
“But during the commotion, the grenade exploded prematurely,” the BJMP spokesperson said.
The BJMP added that police investigators are still conducting their own investigation. They are trying to determine how some of the inmates were able to get their hands on a sub machine gun and hand grenades.