Philippine Prison Break

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As time goes on, the Philippines continues to develop more and more problems regarding their newly elected president, Rodrigo Duterte, and the Islamic Liberation Front. On Tuesday, Jan. 3, 158 inmates fled the North Cotabato District Jail.

The suspected responsibility of the Islamic Liberation Front occurred due an armed attack at the compound which resulted in the escape. More than 100 armed men attacked the facility and the firefight lasted two hours which resulted in almost 200 escapes and one death.

The inmates successfully escaped through the back portion of the jail, but five of them died during the manhunt that occurred after the attack took place. Only 21 out of the 200 inmates have been found and recaptured since the fight broke out.

Some suspect that the inmates teamed up with the Islamic Liberation Front in order to properly escape. They suspect this because only one person died and it was a jail officer, so if the inmates were not in alliance with the attackers than they all would have been injured or maybe even have died.

Jail Warden Peter Bongngat said, “Some of the escapees were affiliated with the group, which is fighting for an autonomous region for Muslims in the southern island of Mindanao, home to sizable Muslim population, in this mainly Catholic country. The escapees are mostly our Muslim brothers and more of them are Islamic Liberation Front members, but the others likely just went along with the jailbreak.”

Bongngat revealed that he anticipated an attack, but did not know when it would actually happen. The rumored attack was scheduled for New Year’s Day, but did not occur for another 2 days. And while they had an inkling that there would be an attack, the jail never thought that so many inmates would successfully escape.

The destruction occurring in this struggling country continues to carry on whether it has to do with the president or the religious terrorist groups. None of the problems present in the country do not have any hope of being solved anytime soon. All of the present problems occurring in the country do not seem to be approaching solutions. As we continue to keep up with all of the problems in the Philippines, America hopes that they can make changes in order to put the well-being of their citizens before anything else.

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