Bacoor jailbreak: At-large detainee killed in shootout with police

Published August 18, 2018, 8:40 PM

by Roel Tibay

By Anthony Giron

CAMP GEN. PANTALEON GARCIA, IMUS, Cavite — An escapee in the July 27 jailbreak in Bacoor was killed in a shootout with police early Saturday morning also in the city.

Michael Benitez Salac, a drug suspect, died after the exchange of gunfire with the team led by Chief Inspector Ruben A. Ballera in an abandoned house reportedly being used as a drug den, on Carnation Street in Barangay Molino IV.

In a report released on Saturday, Superintendent Vicente S. Cabatingan, Bacoor chief of police, said that Salac opted to fire his gun amid the pleas of officers for him to surrender.

A negotiation was made by police before the shootout.

Recovered from Salac were a .22 cal. revolver with two shells and five live bullets in its barrel and four small sachets of “shabu,” four aluminum strips with “shabu” residue and “shabu” paraphernalia at the house vicinity.

Ballera, Bacoor Intelligence and Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU) chief, and his men traced the whereabouts of Salac. The shootout reportedly happened at 5 a.m.

Salac was one of the seven detainees who was tagged as at-large after the escape at Bacoor-PNP Custodial Center in Barangay Talaba IV 22 days ago.

Twenty-three detainees, mostly with drug cases, have escaped altogether at the congested jail. Seventeen detainees either have surrendered or been recaptured by police in less than a week after the jailbreak.

The escape happened when a jail non-uniformed personnel (NUP) was returning a detainee at the jail after taking a mug shot of him in the nearby vicinity.

There were some 443 detainees in the decades-old jail at the time of the escape but most opted to stay.

Police Officer-In-Charge Cabatingan said that the “Oplan Tugis” team is now looking for the six other detainees following Salac’s death.

The detainees reportedly pushed the jail gate, overpowering the NUP, and have escaped by running in an alley to the busy Aguinaldo Highway.

At least eight jail officers were relieved from their posts in connection with the jailbreak.