Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Manila Hostage Drama: Philippine Tourism is Dead! 1 shot, 2 shot, Bang!
A recent incident shocks the whole nation when a former policeman hijacked one of the tourist bus with Chinese nationals and Filipino passengers together with the driver itself.
Hostages had been captives around ten in the morning, when the former policeman Rolando Mendoza seized the tourist bus from Hong Thai Travel.
At the window you can clearly see his messages all written in a white paper such as "Big mistake to correct a big decision" followed by "Big deal will start at 3:00 in the afternoon.
He released some of the hostages around 2:00 in the afternoon as what he had been promised. He demanded for few things like food and water. He also ask the media that he wanted to talk to his brother whose also a policeman assigned in Benguet Abra- a province in the Philippines.
Police assistance are on-standby while the chief of staff tried to communicate with the hostage taker, Mr. Mendoza refused to surrender despite of verbal communication in-between him and his superiors and member of the families.
At around 3'o'clock in the afternoon he declared a deadlock - It means anyone whose inside the bus will not be release until they agree with what he want.
First shot has been heard late afternoon, and a total of 8 people were killed and some are still in trauma of the tragic.
After a 12 hours of peace-talk between the hostage taker and the police man and his relatives, Mr. Mendoza armored with M16 Riffle refused the negotiation and instead he assassinate some of the hostages.
After few gunshots, Mr. Mendoza were been killed by one of Philippine National Police Sniper, with one shot on his head.
Philippine are now expecting a lower rate of tourist whose willing to visit the country after this incident and government are still investigating the real cause of the hostage drama.