ORMOC CITY-A person deprived of liberty (PDL) escaped from a jail facility in Laoang, Northern Samar on June 9.

The escapee, Ricky Mercado and a resident of Barangay san Jose, Catubig town and is facing a murder charge, managed to bolt from the Laoang sub-provincial jail in Brgy. Onay, Laoang town at about 5:45 am.

The Laoang police said at about 12:40 noon of that day, Jail Guard Jojie Mendoza reported to their office on the escape of the inmate.

His escape from the jail facility was discovered as jail guards were conducting their regular head counts of the inmates.

Immediately, personnel of Laoang sub-provincial jail conducted a search of the entire facility but to no avail, prompting them to report the incident to the police.

Mendoza, however, did not provide details to the police how Mercado was able to escape from the facility.

Pursuit operations are now being undertaken by the police and the jail guards.