Manhunt on for detainees who escaped Caloocan jail

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 22) — Ten detainees who bolted the Caloocan City police jail early Thursday are still on the loose.

Caloocan police chief Col. Dario Menor said a total of 15 inmates sneaked out of the temporary detention facility; five of them have been captured.

Security camera footage showed the escapees carved a small hole at a portion of the concrete room, which served as their detention cell. The incident transpired past 1 a.m.

Menor said the detainees worked on their escape plan for some time to break a portion of the wall without the guards noticing. The duty guards have been relieved pending investigation.

He said two of the escapees tested positive for COVID-19 in rapid antibody tests, which health experts said is not a standalone test in detecting infections. They later tested negative in confirmatory tests.

A total of 31 detainees were in the custodial facility extension unit, which served as an isolation facility. They had to complete a 21-day quarantine before they can be transferred to facilities run by the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology.

The rest did not join the breakout.

The escapees are facing a number of charges, including illegal possession of drugs and firearms, robbery, and theft.

CNN Philippines' Gerg Cahiles contributed to this report.