Updated 13:20 PM PHT Mon, April 17, 2017
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — The Philippine National Police Drug Enforcement Group (PNP-DEG) on Monday admitted negligence and complacency after a major party drug supplier escaped from detention.
Jun No, a US citizen of Korean descent detained in the East Avenue Medical Center for acute appendicitis, escaped a joint PNP-DEG-Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) security Sunday morning.
No was arrested on April 5 for selling 140 tablets of ecstasy. The police are also linking him to sex trade victimizing fellow fugitive Koreans.
PNP-DEG Spokesperson Superintendent Enrico Rigor said No escaped by "sheer luck" even with two guards on detail.
He added there is no excuse for what happened.
"We don't condone the negligence done by our troops so they will face the full extent of law," Rigor said.
The two jail guards surrendered to the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group.
Rigor said the guards were on 12-hour shifts.
"The two guards shifting is more than adequate. It's just fortunate that at the last minute, they became complacent," Rigor said.
He said the two guards are facing criminal and administrative cases.
Rigor said it is unlikely that the guards were bribed to let No escape.
"At the time of his escape, ang hawak na pera ni No ay P3,000 lang, so napakaimposible na bayaran yung guard but yung CIDG will be in a better position to answer that," he said.
Police investigation showed No's girlfriend, Darleen Son aka Soeyang, gave him P3,000, which he used to escape.
Son was arrested and charged with obstruction of justice.
Authorities believe No is still in Metro Manila and could not go far because of his medical condition.
They also warned those coddling No, and called for the fugitive to surrender.
"It's better that you surrender yourself because soon, the long arms of the law will catch up to you, lalong lalo na sa kalagayan nya na kailangan nya ng medical attention, it's better to give up himself," Rigor said.
CNN Philippines correspondent Gerg Cahiles contributed to this report.