Man charged for helping son in Dec. 25 jail break
posted 7-Jan-2019  ·  
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A case for obstruction of justice has been filed against a man who facilitated his detainee son’s escape from a detention cell at the Virac police station on Christmas Day.

The police sued Ruben Molina Marino, 70, a retired public school teacher from Binanuahan, Bato, for violation of Section 1(c) of Presidential Decree 1829, which penalizes obstruction of apprehension and prosecution of criminal offenders, before the Provincial Prosecutor’s Office, with bail recommended at P36,000. The case was subsequently filed with the Municipal Trial Court of Virac and docketed under Criminal Case No. 6664.

According to the official report, the duty investigator, SPO2 Joselito Tubo, discovered at 9:30 A.M. that day that detainee Herbe Hispano Marino, 37, was no longer inside the detention cell.

It was found out that the round iron bar of the lower part of the cell bars was already bent apart, leaving a man-size hole through which the detainee passed and subsequently escaped. Investigators also elicited an admission from two of Marino’s fellow detainees that they helped him escape from the cell.

Acting on the incident, the Virac police officer-in-charge, Senior Inspector Ariel Buraga, immediately activated intelligence operatives and personnel on a manhunt operation against the escapee.

SPO3 Raymond Vidal, SPO1 Ruel Balane and PO1 Ojar Avila went to San Andres Port where they were told by the Philippine Coast Guard that the ferry trip that day had been suspended and told them to verify at Codon if there was a boat trip to Sabang, Camarines Sur.

Getting the same answer at Codon, the trio proceeded to Cabcab port where at 12:15 P.M., they learned that a commercial motorized banca, M/B Harry, left at 9 A.M. for the trip to Sabang via Guijalo. The banca’s manifesto showed that among the passengers were Ruben Marino and Mariano Molina.

During the investigation, SPO1 Adille saw an orange tricycle parked at the port and recognized it as the one owned by Marino.  The caretaker told the lawmen that the two passengers they were after had alighted from the tricycle and that the two persons gave then P300 to take care of the tricycle.

They promptly relayed the information, including the 1 P.M. arrival of M/B Harry at Sabang port, to PSI Buraga who ordered them to find a motorized banca to follow the escapees to Sabang. The Virac police also transmitted the mugshots of Herbe Marino to the police in Lagonoy and San Jose.

Just an hour later, waiting policemen led by police chief Senior Inspector Margarito Manaog arrested the escapee and his companion at the town’s seaport at 1:20 P.M.

On board a rented motorized banca, a team led by PSI Buraga arrived at San Jose where they saw Herbe Marino and his father Ruben who was placed under arrest minutes later. Recovered from the elder Marino were the copy of the registration documents of the tricycle they left behind at Cabcab and a mobile phone.

It may be recalled that Marino was arrested last November in a buy-bust operation in San Vicente, Virac after the police learned from a confidential informant that he had been using his vulcanizing shop to peddle shabu. Seized from the suspect as a sachet of shabu and two marked P500 bills used by a policeman posing as a drug user.

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