By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
The Talisay City Police Station is currently mulling to file criminal charges against a relative of one of the escapees from the Negros Occidental District Jail (NODJ) for allegedly sheltering the inmates in his home last week.
Police Major Jigger Gimeno, Talisay City police chief, identified the said person as Jade Catigan, a relative of escapee Alejandro Montoya.
According to Gimeno, Catigan had admitted that Montoya and the other inmates identified as Francisco Epogon and Danilo Celeste went to his place for help.
Catigan, however, stated to police that he told the escapees not to stay long as he doesn’t want to be implicated for helping them.
Gimeno said they don’t believe Catigan’s claims as their intelligence reports suggest that by Thursday night they were already monitoring the escapees’ movements and they did not leave Catigan’s home.
Police are still investigating the incident, although Gimeno stated that it is possible that Catigan can face charges for harboring a criminal.
Meanwhile, in a separate interview with iFM 94.3 Bacolod, Barangay 11, Victorias City captain Rogelio Barnuevo said his residents have expressed their relief that brothers Marvin and Danilo Celeste have been slain by authorities following their escape last week.
According to Barnuevo, the Celeste brothers were regarded as a “thorn” to the local residents as they were notorious for robbing individuals during night time.
Marifel, sister of the Celeste brothers, meanwhile, is calling for an investigation into the deaths of her brothers stating she is suspicious about the claims of the police that her brothers fought back.
Last week, Epogon, Montoya, the Celeste brothers, and Daniel Tamon bolted out of the NODJ in Barangay Tabunan in Bago City.
On Wednesday of last week, Tamon was recaptured by police in Barangay Blumentritt in the town of Murcia, while M. Celeste was shot dead.
Last Friday, the remaining escapees were tracked down in Barangay San Fernando in Talisay City resulting in the death of D. Celeste.
Police are still hunting down Montoya and Epogon, whom they believed to be armed and dangerous.
The Bureau of Jail Management and Penology said they will give a P15,000 for each of the remaining two escapees as reward money for anyone who can give information which will lead to their recapture./DGB, WDJ