Inmate killed in protest action

An inmate of the Dipolog City Jail died while two others were injured when the protest action of some detainees turned violent on Wednesday, police officials said yesterday. Chief Supt. Agrimero Cruz, Jr., spokesman of the Philippine National Police (PNP), said the initial report they received was that the protest action started at cell number 2, which is mostly occupied by members of the Ozamiz Group, at around 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

“They first conducted a noise barrage,” said Cruz. Senior Supt. Ulpiano Lopez, director of the Zamboanga del Norte Police, said the inmates have been protesting the implementation of stricter policies inside the jail such as frequent inspection and card games. He added that only six inmates initiated the protest action. At 12:45 p.m., an inmate identified as Danilo Adanza was taken out of the jail after he was reportedly stabbed by his fellow detainees. He died in the hospital.

Lopez said the information they received was that Adanza was accused as an informant for the jail guards. Two other inmates were injured during the incident but it was not clear why they suffered injuries.

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