Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Inmate killed, two others wounded in Sorsogon jail riot

LEGAZPI CITY, Feb. 27 (PNA) -- An inmate was stabbed dead while two others were wounded in a jail riot on Sunday evening between the "Sputnik" and the "Bahala na Gang" (BNG) inside the Sorsogon Provincial Jail in Sorsogon City, the Philippine National Police said on Monday.

Rommel Lanuza, a jail “mayor” and a member of the Sputnik Gang was pronounced dead upon arrival at a nearby hospital in Sorsogon City, according to Police Senior Inspector Jerry Cereno, commander of the PNP Community Police Assistance Center (CPAC) 3, in Sorsogon City.

On the other hand, one Ronaldo de Vera and Jerry Habla, also members of the Sputnik Gang, sustained stab wounds in different parts of their bodies.

Initial autopsy report said Lanuza sustained stab wound in his chest that caused his death while Habla in the armpit and de Vera sustained lacerated wounds in the body.

Police said that at about 8:30 p.m. Sunday while the victim with fellow inmates was celebrating his birthday and having a drinking bout, they were suddenly attacked by members of the rival gang BNG, led by a certain Raffy Bolanyo, reportedly armed with improvised knives.

A source who refused to be named also said the group of Lanuza were dancing and singing while a videoke machine was playing at a cell they were occupying, when they were attacked by the BNG.

The riot was controlled immediately by the Special Disorder and Commotion Unit of the Provincial Jail Guard.

Jail records showed that there are 395 inmates that are under the custody of the Sorsogon Provincial Jail awaiting resolution of their cases in various local courts in Sorsogon. (PNA)