Leyte hostage crisis ends in death of suspect


TACLOBAN CITY, Philippines–A hostage-taking incident that took place inside an office building in Catbalogan City past noon Friday ended in the death of the gunman, the authorities said.

Suspect Patrocinio Dabucol, a security guard assigned at the Social Security System Catbalogan branch, fellow security guard Melvin Oliva and SSS senior clerk Dionito Mate were having a conversation at around 1 p.m. when it escalated into a heated argument.

Dabucol, using his service .38 cal. service revolver, then shot Oliva and Mate, said Inspector Romuel Nacar, media relations officer of the regional Philippine National Police (PNP-Region 8).

Oliva and Mate were both hit in the abdomen, Nacar said.

SSS employees and clients scampered out of the SSS office, leaving behind Oliva, Mate and another employee, Cristabelle Silvano.

The three became Dabucol’s hostages but Silvano was released unhurt after a 20-minute negotiation, Nacar said.

Nacar said that a negotiating team, composed of Mayor Coefredo Uy, provincial police director Supt. Eusebio Mejos and city police chief Senior Supt. Avelino Doncillo, was hastily organized to convince the suspect to surrender and release Oliva and Mate.

But when Dabucol refused to yield and release the two remaining hostages, Mejos, who served as the ground commander, ordered the assault.

An exchange of gunfire ensued between Dabucol and the assault team, composed of local police and members of the SWAT team, resulting in the wounding of the suspect. The police declared the incident over at 2:45 p.m.

Dabucol, who sustained injuries in the abdomen and both legs, was brought to the Samar Provincial Hospital. He was declared dead by attending doctors at 4:20 p.m.

Oliva and Mate were also brought to the same hospital for treatment and were reported to be in stable condition.

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/36O4ZGE5JY24XE4XQOXBM6O4WE Klepto

    0.2 points for catbalogan police for doing a good job.

  • Carl Bismark

    Catbalogan City is not in Leyte. It is in Samar province so please change the title.

    • bahaykubo1015

      Ito si Joey Gabieta bagsak ito sa geography. Tiga Inquirer Visayas pa naman at hindi alam na ang Catbalogan City ay nasa Samar. Ay!

      • agaylaya

        Baka yung Editor ang may kagagawan nyan. 

      • mon key

        ang editor may kagagawan nyan. wala na kasi geography na subject nung nasa high school.

    • magiting78

      Walang pakialaman ng Geography hehehe….malay mo may sarili sya mapa..like China meron cla sarili nila mapa from Han dynasty kaya claim nila ang Scarborogh….malay mo claim nya din yung catbalogan part ng leyte…lols

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/MUVKOT3CQJNSMXYGILW6253L4E rythmrock_girl

    Catbalogan City is in Samar not in Leyte.. geography anyone??

    • magiting78

      Tama po sya kc gamit nya Map from China during Han Dynasty…lolz


    Mali ng headline writer ‘to. I am sure Joey knows where Catbalogan is. Dahil si Joey ay naka base sa Tacloban, na ito’y nangyari sa Leyte island. 

  • Jeb Lumena

     taga Inquirer Visayas nag report tapos Catbalogan Leyte?? bupols din sa geography ang Editor dito

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PM6JHCFR2KT2AURMWRDUXBNLQY Darwin

    suspect is dead. happy ending.

  • opinyonlangpo

    All suspects end up dead. No need for judiciary, no need for prisons. Scary.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PJTH3SHQU3B4TCUVRH2UXZCJDY Balahura

    office building in Catbalogan City past noon Friday….are you sure not Tacloban City? Catbalogan is in Northern Samar not unless there is a barangay catbalogan city in Leyte….hehehe

    • Jeb Lumena

      Isa ka pang kelangan mag aral ulit ng geography… Catbalogan is NOT in Northern Samar… it’s in Samar (which is actually Western Samar but they just prefer Samar).. Samar Island is divided into three: Northern Samar (Capital: Catarman), Eastern Samar (Capital: Borongan), and Western Samar (or Samar only, Capital: Catbalogan)… gets??

  • https://me.yahoo.com/a/iV0XkkNontlsHWTkG2jcuz.PB64A#6b054 F alonso

    Dapat brazil style ang treatment sa mga criminals para madala mga loco na yan.Pano naman kasi pag maka sakote ang police ng bad Lords at mapatay,ang labas napatay ang Lord ng simbahan.Kayong mga officer ng Pulis wag mag pasuhol sa mga Gambling Lord na yan kasi hindi kumikilala ng amo ang tingga ng baril.

  • efriend

    Job well done.  Kudos to the crisis team.  Mayor Lim should learn from this!

  • Mar7777

    A SSS security guard hostaged 3 people inside the building because of a conversation that escalated argument? How can a commander order an assault just because the gunman refused to yield and release the hostages? How can the gunman released one person and not the other two? I guess the policemen were impatient and maybe had an ineffective negotiating techniques. I read an FB post hindi daw maganda ang pakipag-negotiate ng mga pulis. 

    But the question, how can a person with a family do such a hostile thing? The two persons he shot are stable and alive. He had all the opportunities to kill them while they were inside if he really wanted to kill him. I am sure it has something to do with ‘sipsipan’ sa loob ng trabaho. Yan ang nangyayari if you want to look yourself good and have a good scent sa mga bosses in expense of other people. Kelan pa kaya yan matatapos…

    • Barak_O

      bakit ka sure?

  • http://ourleftfoot.blogspot.com/ Tristanism

    Paanong naging Leyte hostage crisis to, e nasa Samar ang Catbalogan City?

  • Martin

    Stupid reporter. Editors? Even more stupid.

    Catbalogan is in Samar. You have no excuse in not knowing that.

  • Martin

    Found at the end of this webpage:

    “Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer’s day desk…”

    No email link. No contact form. How the hell do we do that?!

    Stupid website. Full of irrelevant ads.


    • $17848434

      That’s also called Formal Errors?

  • $14170612

    d nya alam yung san juanico bridge ang nghihiiwalay   sa samar at leyte

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