by Angeline Valencia
The jailbreak at the Bohol District Jail cost at least five jail officers their job traced to neglect of duty.
This would be based on the result of the month-long investigation of Capitol’s fact-finding committee, composed of Provincial Legal Officer Mitchell John Boiser as chair, and lawyers Venzencio Arcamo, Reynard Namocatcat and Paul Magallano, and Glicerio Doloritos as members.
In a four-page report dated June 27, 2012 and furnished to media Saturday, the committee recommended the filing of administrative charges against province-paid jail guards manning posts 1, 2, and 6 during the incident identified as Provincial Jail Guards 1 Fidel Castro, Jorge Lungay and Myrna Catayas, and the personnel designated to man the CCTV.
The jail officers had been temporarily relieved right after the incident to ensure a fair investigation and avoid influence in the course of the inquiry.
The committee recommended the termination of the casual personnel of Capitol assigned as jail guards at BDJ who were previously ordered temporarily relieved for neglect of duty; and for the BJMP to file administrative charges against Senior Jail Officer 3 Menard Bompat and JO1 Jose Jomar Torreon — the BJMP personnel manning post 6 during the incident.
The fact-finding committee also saw the need for strict implementation of BJMP guidelines or search protocol for BDJ official visitors; and for BJMP to take appropriate actions of other issues raised during the fact-finding investigation.
The committee was formed pursuant to the memorandum issued by Gov. Edgardo Chatto dated May 17, 2012 relative to the escape of the three detainees identified as Exequil Aniscal, Bryan Ceniza and Mario Yllaya.
Ceniza and Yllaya were later killed in a shootout in Ubay five days later when they resisted arrest and fired at the responding police team.
The committee also reviewed the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the provincial government and the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) signed on Sept. 28, 2008. The MOA provides BJMP assumes the management, supervision and control over the then BDRC, which is now known as Bohol District Jail (BDJ).
The committee found that former BDJ warden Reynan Torreon failed to issue a formal designation/memorandum to the officer-in-charge of the BDJ at the time of the incident; and that there was no metal detector at the searching area or at post 1, and not all jail visitors were recorded in the logbook; no strict implementation of search protocol for officials or visitors including vehicles; and that there was no limit set as to the number of visitors per inmate.
The fact-finding committee also learned that inmates have been allowed access to cellphones; while the presence of at least five men early morning of May 17, 2012 inside the jail premises was not recorded in the logbook.