Massacre suspect escapes

BULUAN, Maguindanao, Philippines – A ranking police official implicated in the massacre of 57 people in the province in November last year escaped from detention at the Sultan Kudarat provincial jail late Tuesday.

Officials yesterday failed to explain how former Maguindanao provincial police director Superintendent Piang Adam managed to escape.

The jailbreak occurred while local officials and the police were busy preparing for the visit of President Arroyo to the province.

The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) was tasked to lead a team from the Philippine National Police Regional Office-12 and the PNP regional office in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) to track down Adam.

The escape was discovered after jail guards of the Sultan Kudarat provincial jail saw the broken padlock on the door of his detention cell.

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