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MANILA, Philippines — Nearly 200 inmates complaining of hunger and squalid conditions escaped from a Philippine provincial jail in an eastern province that was devastated by a monster storm in November, police said Thursday.
Authorities recaptured 148 of the 182 escapees hours after they stormed out of the Leyte provincial jail in Palo town at dawn Thursday. Police were hunting down the remaining 34, who are facing trial on charges including drug trafficking, rape, and murder, said regional police chief Henry Losanes.