By Staff
Published 06:15 PM, March 28, 2021

Naval, Biliran— The Person Deprived of Liberty (PDL) who escaped insidethe Biliran Provincial Jail at dawn yesterday was caught by the local police andresidents at a rice field about 11:30 in the morning today in Brgy. Sto. Niño hereand is back at the jail he escaped.

Naval COP Police MajorMichael John Astorga, identified the escapee as Simion Combate, 30, farmer, aresident of Sitio Lupa, Brgy Calumpang, Naval, Biliran.

The suspect is facing charges of rape for abusing a minor and was arrested on May 19, 2020 at the farm he was working by the local police. The police said that while conducting a continued manhunt for the escapee led by Police Master Sergeant Raul Monterola received a text message from an informant the escapee was seen at the riverside in Brgy.Sto. Niño. Monterola and his group immediately proceeded to the area where the chance to meet a group of rice workers whom they asked if they found a person who acted strangely.

When the police gave the description of the escapee the rice workers told the police that they noticed a man that passed at the rice field that acted strangely and pointed to the area where the escapee was last seen. The local police and the rice workers proceeded to the area and found the escapee crawling at the rice paddy and they immediately got hold of the escapee who came with them peacefully. The police recovered from the escapee was one kitchen knife. The escapee was immediately brought back to the Biliran Provincial Jail after he was rearrested.

In an interview the PDL said that he escaped because there is no hearing of his case. He said that he was alone when he planned to escape at the jail and one outside hid at a coconut tree till the morning. He said that there is no reason to be remorseful for what he did and added that he was lucky he was not harmed by the arresting cops. –

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