NBP escapee caught anew after 16 years

THE long arm of the law literally caught up with a 48-year old man who bolted the National Bilibid Prisons in Muntinlupa City where he was serving a term for homicide and illegal possession of firearms in 2004, the head of the National Capital Region Unit of the Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group said yesterday.

CIDG-NCR chief, Colonel Arnold Thomas C. Ibay said that Romulo Foster, a native of Donya Lucia Mondragon, Northern Samar was arrested inside no. 14 Ipil Street in Greenwoods Executive Village in Pasig City at 7:45 p.m. Monday following a tip from an informant.

Ibay said officers from the CIDG-NCR Eastern Metro Manila District Field Unit led by Lieutenant Col. Arnold Moleta and the NCR Police Office Regional Intelligence Division headed by Captain Narrolf Tan placed the suspect under arrest.

The arrest was made on the strength of a BUCORDA-Mission Recovery No. 2020-001 issued by Chief Superintendent John Paul Santos, the acting director of the Bureau of Corrections Directorate for Administration.

According to Ibay, Foster bolted Bilibid prisons where he was serving his jail term after being convicted for homicide and violation of Presidential Decree 1866 or illegal possession of firearms  on October 22, 2004.

The prisoner was a member of the Batang Samar Leyte Gang when he made his daring escape and went into hiding until he was caught on Monday, the official said.