|American who bolted BI-Davao jail recaptured|
OCTOBER 24, 2011
The Bureau of Immigration (BI) announced the re-arrest of an Indonesian-American who bolted his detention cell at the bureau’s field office in Davao City recently, it was learned yesterday.
Immigration Commissioner Ricardo David Jr. disclosed that Tigor Hasongan Siapanar is now in the bureau’s detention jail in the city following his arrest last Thursday night by joint operatives of the BI and Davao City police.
David said Siapanar did not resist arrest when the arresting officers raided his safehouse in Madagascar Street, St. Vincent Heights, Mamay Road, Davao City.
He was recaptured three days after he escaped from detention by cutting the iron grills of the window in his cell with a steel saw.
Siapanar’s escape prompted David to relieve Maria Kiamco, BI-Davao alien control officer, pending investigation of the incident.
Lawyer Nimfa Edroso was designated officer-in-charge of the BI-Davao field office while Kiamco was directed to report to her mother unit at the bureau’s main office in Manila.
BI head executive assistant and lawyer Grace Lara said Edroso remains as OIC as the BI officials dispatched to Davao to probe the incident have yet to submit their report and recommendations.
Earlier, David directed Kiamco and some of her colleagues in the Davao office to explain why they should not be held administratively and criminally liable for Siapanar’s escape.
Records showed that Siapanar was turned over to the BI last January 11 after he was arrested by Davao policemen for illegal gun possession.
He was later slapped with a deportation case for being an undocumented and overstaying alien after records check showed that he last arrived in the country on July 16, 2007 and never applied for an extension of his stay.
He could not be deported, however, due to several cases lodged against him before the courts, including attempted murder, domestic violence, child abuse, and illegal drugs. ###