Monday, August 23, 2010

Philippine cop takes HK tourists in Manila

MANILA, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Aug. 23, 2010) – A disgraced Filipino policeman who is accused of extortion and robbery hijacked Monday a tourist bus carrying over a dozen Chinese nationals in the Philippine capital.

So far at least 8 hostages had been freed by the hostage-taker, Rolando Mendoza, and police continue to negotiate for the safe release of the others, including several Filipinos.

Mendoza, an officer of the Philippine National Police, was removed from service after he was accused of robbery and extortion, among others. But he denied all the charges against him and said he was wrongfully dismissed from the service.

Officials said Mendoza, armed with an automatic rifle, hijacked the bus, mostly carrying Hong Kong students, to air his gripe. His brother and wife also urged him to surrender peacefully.

Police forces have surrounded the bus and ready to strike if peaceful negotiations fail. (Mindanao Examiner)

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