Eight inmates escaped Sunday from the Lamitan City Jail in Basilan province, police said.
The incident took place at around 8:30 a.m. after two of the prisoners asked the jail guard on duty that they be allowed to throw garbage.
The inmates reportedly disarmed the jail guard and took two firearms when they fled.
One of the escapees faces murder case, while the rest, for violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act.
Manhunt operation to recapture the fugitives was launched as investigation has been ongoing into the incident.