The hostage taking at the Quirino Grandstand at the heart of Manila, capital of the Philippines was witnessed by the whole world. There were 22 Chinese nationals from Hongkong were taken hostage since 8am today, August 23, 2010 by police Senior Inspector Rolando Mendoza, who was earlier ordered dismissed by the Ombudsman for robbery, extortion and drug related offenses. The foreign nationals were held hostage inside a bus.
The hostage drama was finally over after twelve hours. Hostage taker Mendoza was believed to have been killed by a sniper as the Manila police tried hard to storm the suspect. The Manila police had a hard time against the lone hostage taker as he used the Chinese passengers as human shield.
Earlier in the day, the hostage taker freed eight other hostages identified as, photographer Danilo Medril, 64, tour guide Rigor Cruz, 73-year-old Lee See Que (Lee See Kyu in some reports), Tsang Yee Lai, 40, and her children Fu Chang Yin, 4, Fu Chak Yin, 10, and family friend Wong Ching Nat, 12, Diana Chan.
A national police statement said at least 22 tourists from Hong Kong were on board the bus. The statement said that, aside from the driver, they were believed to be the only people aboard the bus. Earlier reports said that aside from the 22 Chinese nationals, three Filipinos were on board the bus.
Before the police stormed the bus, the driver was able to free himself. The driver claimed that all the hostages were killed. Luckily, the driver’s earlier pronouncement was untrue. Several alive hostages were taken out after the police gunned down the hostage taker and at least 4 Hongkong nationals were killed.
Watch the video of the hostage taking incident at the Quirino Grandstand by clicking here.
You can also watch the following earlier video of the hostage taking drama at the Quirino Grandstand: