251 prisoners in Leyte return to jail after escaping at height of Typhoon Yolanda

Some criminals are more honorable than others.

Martin Abbugao of Agence France-Presse reports via InterAksyon.com that 251 out of nearly 600 detainees at the Leyte Provincial jail have returned after a mass breakout at the height of typhoon "Yolanda," with many of them saying they came back because they did not want "to live a life of a fugitive."


According to the report, all of the jail's detainees managed to escape during the typhoon because "Yolanda" ripped off the roofs above the prison cells. A prison guard said he and the detainees were also "forced to flee" because of the flash flood inundating the compound.

 

But days after the mass escape, several inmates started returning to jail on their own. Almost all of those interviewed for the report said they voluntarily came back because they wanted their freedom "to be legal" and they didn't want to mess up their chances of being exonerated during trial. The detainees, most of whom went to their families after escaping, said they just made sure their loved ones were safe following the storm before heading back to jail.

 

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