Prisoners hostaged relatives in Quezon?

Posted at 02/23/14 6:27 PM

MANILA -- Prisoners of the Quezon Provincial Jail allegedly hostaged relatives who visited them on Saturday.

According to Police Supt. Ronnie Ylagan, provincial director of the Philippine National Police in Quezon, he received a request for help from the jail warden after receiving information that the inmates refused to let their relatives leave the prison.

However, Ylagan said there was no commotion or disturbance inside the jail although there were indeed 49 women and 16 children "hostages" inside the prison.

At around 4 a.m. on Sunday, the "hostages" started leaving the prison, explaining they were allowed to stay overnight with their relatives.

They added that the wardens padlocked the gates and they were only allowed to leave early Sunday morning.

Supt. Feliberto Catanauan, Jr., a jail warden, denied that they locked the gates and prohibited the visitors from leaving the jail.

They were also surprised when soldiers suddenly arrived and surrounded the jail. -- report from Cesca Joves, ABS-CBN News Southern Tagalog