The Great Escape that Wasn’t

by duncanr
I'm outta here

I’m outta here

When Typhoon Yolanda tore through the Philippines, many buildings were destroyed or damaged. Amongst these was the Leyte Provincial Jail. The roof was torn off. That, and the flash floods that filled the cells with head-high water meant around 600 prisoners being held, awaiting trial, simply swam out of their flooded cells to freedom

Now, several days after the mass escape, . . . 250+ prisoners have voluntarily returned to the prison. They had used their spell of ‘freedom’ to check their families were o.k., help build temporary shelters for them, help bring in the rice harvest, etc

Having satisfied themselves that their loved ones were safe and well and done what they could to help them, they returned to the jail hoping to prove their innocence in court rather than live life on the run as a fugitive (

Amongst those returning to jail are those accused of serious offences, e.g., rape, and murder. They, of course, maintain they are innocent of the charges against them and are confident they will be acquitted. If they are innocent, let’s hope for their sake that the judge and jury think likewise.

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