A fugitive from the Dumaguete City provincial jail was recaptured in Sitio Kahubas in Barangay Buenavista, Himamaylan City in Negros Occidental, at about 6:55 p.m. Tuesday, after about 17 years of hiding from authorities.
Insp. Renoli Bagayao, Criminal Investigation and Detection Group deputy provincial office team leader, identified the escapee as Armando Española, 48, of the barangay.
He was arrested by operatives of the CIDG Bacolod/Negros Occidental, in coordination with the Himamaylan City Police Station, and the Negros Occidental Public Safety Company.
Bagayao said Española was detained at the Dumaguete City jail on Oct. 12, 1995 for the crime of murder, but he escaped on July 18, 1998.
During his recapture, Española initially resisted, pulled out his gun, and tried to escape, but was neutralized by policemen, Bagayao said.
He said Española was arrested on the strength of an arrest warrant for service of jail term, after he was convicted of reclusion perpetua, or life imprisonment, for murder.
His arrest yielded a .45 caliber pistol, two magazines, and 11 bullets, Bagayao said.
Española, who is now detained at the lock-up cell of CIDG-Bacolod, told the DAILY STAR that he was only suspected of being a killer, but he denied killing anybody.
He admitted owning the gun, saying he used it to protect himself from those who are oppressing him and his family.
Española said he escaped from jail in 1998, after his jailer asked him to chop wood.
He said he had wanted to go home and see his four children and wife, who were in Himamaylan.
Española said he hid in the mountains of Himamaylan and worked in a farm for a living.
Bagayao said they are readying charges for violation of Republic Act 10591, or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act against Española, who is set to be turned over to the Dumaguete Provincial Jail soon.
Española said he is willing to face the consequences of his action.*SGG
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