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IEDs found inside South Cotabato provincial jail tighter security up

Local News • 00:27 AM Sat May 14, 2016
Edwin Fernandez
Koronadal City poll workers administer election for South Cotabato detainees. (Roel Osano)

has been tightened in the South Cotabato Provincial Detention and
Rehabilitation Center (SCPDRC) after an attempt by some inmates to bolt out of
jail using improvised explosive devices, officials said today.

South Cotabato Gov. Daisy
Avance Fuentes directed jail officials to strictly enforce jail policies on
visitors while investigation was going on as to who was behind the bomb-making
activities inside South Cotabato’s largest the prison facility.

Several improvised bombs were
found inside the compound but jail guards could not determine as to how the IED
made its way inside the compound.

The IEDs were found after the
May 9 national and local elections. Jail
officials believed bombing suspects could be behind the bomb making and had
planned to escape on election day while security officials were busy performing poll duties.Fuentes said the high profile
inmates, including bombers, kidnappers, drug syndicate members and high profile
robbery gangs are detained at the facility located in Koronadal City.

In the meantime, visiting hours for
relatives in detainees has been suspended until stricter security programs are
in place.

The jail facility houses more than 700
inmates way above its capacity of about 400 detainees. (Edwin O. Fernandez)

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