Three men facing various charges escaped from the detention cell of a police station in Zamboanga City on Friday night.

Ben Asdali, Orlic Taguran, and Aldrin Jailani escaped from their cell at Zamboanga City Police Station 7 in Brgy. Sta. Maria around 9 p.m., according to a report from the Zamboanga Peninsula regional police office.

Asdali is facing a case of illegal possession of firearms and violation of the election gun ban while Taguran and Jailani are facing robbery charges, the report said.

The three, who are still covered by a 15-day “waiver” preventing their transfer to the city jail, escaped by boring through the detention cell’s ceiling, according to the report.

Members of the Zamboanga City Police Station 7 are still conducting manhunt operations to recapture the escapees, as of this writing. (John Roson)

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