Philippine Bus Hostage Drama Comes to Bloody Conclusion
A former Manila police officer took twenty five hostages in a tourist bus in the Philippines on Monday morning. The hostage situation ended after a ten-hour standoff with at least two hostages reported killed and the hostage taker shot dead.
A few hours after the report that only two hostages died, it has been confirmed that 9 were killed at the hijacked Philippine tourist bus, as reported by Jim Gomez of the AP.
Former police officer Rolando Mendoza hijacked a tourist bus on Monday morning demanding that he be reinstated to his law enforcement duty. Mendoza was dismissed a year ago on charges of extortion and harassment in a drug-related case. On top of his demand for reinstatement, he also wanted to clear his name in relation to the cases he was involved with.
Mendoza boarded the bus wearing a police uniform and carrying an assault rifle. The bus was taken to a prominent landmark in Manila called the Quirino Grandstand, just a few hundred feet from the Manila Hotel. Over the last ten hours, he has released some of the hostages that included a mother, three children, an elderly man with diabetes and photographers.
A police assault team breached the bus that led to the bloody ending to the hostage drama. Mendoza was reportedly shot dead after leaving at least two hostages dead.