Monday, August 23, 2010

HOSTAGE CRISIS ENDS WITH CASUALTIES


Yesterday, I was shocked when I heard the news...Ex Police officer Capt. Rolando Mendoza hi-jacked a tourist bus full of Chinese Nationals...it was all over the news..

The day-long ordeal began when a disgruntled ex-policeman armed with an M-16 assault rifle and dressed in combat pants hijacked the bus in Manila's tourist district in a desperate bid to get his job back.

Negotiation were going well, he was asking minor demands and when it was being fulfilled he had also released some of the hostages, more demands, more victims were released, but Negotiations broke down after nightfall, when after his brother also a policeman was being forced to be brought to Camp Crame since humor has it that he is an accessory to the hostage crisis.
A gunshot was heard from the inside and the PNP were forced to storm the bus, firing dozens of bullets of their own into the vehicle.


After waiting for more than 10 hours the police were still unable to get inside the Bus, they were breaking glass here and there but still can't get inside and maybe also fearful of their own lives since the hostage taker was still alive and open fires.
It eventually ended when police threw tear gas inside the bus, and fired again, and as it was reported Mendoza was shot in the head by a sniper.
It is sad to know that those tourists came here to enjoy what our country can offer but ended up in a tragedy on the day that they were supposed to be flying home...
10 were confirmed killed,some of them was used as human shields others maybe shot due to failed negotiations..we really never know why?
It makes me think....How many more of this that will happen in the future?...

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