MANILA - Five prisoners escaped from their cell at the Koronadal City Police Station in South Cotabato before dawn on Tuesday.
The prisoners who bolted the jail were identified as Manalos Sandigan, Osmeña Mamasalanao, Kamarudib Salipada, Mohahedid Salipada, and Nelson Labongan.
The suspects allegedly sawed off the prison bars and escaped through the back of the police station.
PO1 Teofilo Toledo, the police on duty during the incident, was sacked for negligence and is now on hold at the Koronadal City Police Office.
A manhunt has been launched to capture the five.
An investigation is underway to determine how the inmates got hold of the saw. - report from Francis Canlas, ABS-CBN News SOCCSKSARGEN