Murder suspect bolts IRC
ICMG members rushed to the IRC but inmate Jomarie Desilao made good his escape under cover of the night.
By Francis Allan L. Angelo
A LIVING out prisoner of the Iloilo Rehabilitation Center (IRC) grabbed the caliber .45 service pistol of one of the jail guards and bolted out of the said facility yesterday evening.
Initial reports from IRC personnel identified the jailbird as Jomarie Desilao, 21-25 years old, and native of Anilao, Iloilo.
Desilao and his brother Alberto are detained at the IRC for murder charges.
The daring escape occurred 7pm yesterday after the basketball game of the inmates.
IRC personnel said Desilao snatched the pistol of an unidentified jail guard and jumped over the fence behind the jail facility.
Several jail guards opened fire at Desilao but the latter made good his escape.
Investigators said a getaway vehicle may have been waiting for Desilao behind the IRC to facilitate his escape.
Jail guards said Desilao is considered a living out prisoner since he is not detained in one of the IRC cells.
In return for the relaxed treatment he gets, the escapee serves as an errand boy of the inmates and jail guards.
Jail personnel described Desilao as fair complexioned, 4 feet and 11 inches tall, chubby and wears a short hair.
He wore a white polo short and dark maong pants.
Aside from the pistol, Desilao also took away undetermined amount of cash bets from the basketball game of his fellow inmates.
Heavily-armed members of the Iloilo City Mobile Group were seen milling around the IRC compound as they prepared for a hot pursuit operation against the Desilao.
The Guardian tried to get additional information from IRC Warden Juan Mabugat but he was busy interrogating Alberto Desilao for possible leads of his brother’s location.
Desilao’s case is the most recent jail break after Jerry Suficiencia escaped last year.
The provincial government has been rushing the construction of the new IRC facility in Barangay Nanga, Pototan, Iloilo for the some 800 inmates crammed inside the old facility. (Published in the October 31, 2005 issue of The Guardian, Iloilo City)