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Two Inmates Killed After Philippines Jailbreak

July 16, 1995

CAGAYAN DE ORO, Philippines (AP) _ Forty-nine inmates fled a jail and two were killed by police Saturday in one of the nation’s biggest jailbreaks in recent years.

Ten other escapees were recaptured after the jailbreak Saturday in this city, 490 miles southeast of Manila, prison official Charles Mondejar said Sunday.

Preliminary investigations showed 45 of the inmates escaped at 7 p.m. Saturday through a 35-meter long tunnel dug under the city jail.

Earlier, at 2 a.m. Saturday, four others fled by digging under a concrete partition and scaling a 15-meter outer wall using blankets tied end to end, official said.

One of the escapees, a convicted drug trafficker named Robert Cerna, was gunned down by the police as he held a hostage one mile away. Another unidentified prisoner was shot in a nearby village.

Mondejar, who flew in from Manila on Sunday, immediately relieved jail warden Honorato Ambe and two other officers, saying they were remiss.

``Obviously, the tunnel was not dug overnight,″ he said.

The tunnel, two yards in diameter and three yards underground, exited through the back of the jailhouse.

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