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Lawyer killed in 10-hour San Juan hostage drama

STREET SHOWER  A family rides through a “storm” during Tuesday’s Wattah-Wattah Festival in San Juan, the city’s way of celebrating the feast of St. John the Baptist.  LYN RILLON

After almost 10 hours of negotiations, the hostage-taker was beginning to “soften up”—until he heard a vehicle siren wailing in the street. Thinking that a police assault was under way, he panicked, became more desperate and finally made good his threat to shoot his captive.

Posted: June 25th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Metro,Metro,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Heard On Inquirer Radio 990AM: Expert on hostage-taking negotiation

Every police district in Metro Manila should have its own team of trained hostage negotiators and let them do the job. Leave it to the experts. —Felix Vargas, FBI-trained hostage negotiator and former spokesman of PNP-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group

Posted: June 25th, 2014 in Headlines,Metro | Read More »

Brazil prisoners take more than 120 hostages – official


Inmates in a prison in the northeastern Brazilian state of Sergipe took 122 hostages on Saturday – nearly all of them visiting inmate relatives, a prison official told AFP.

Posted: May 18th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Hostage-taker shot dead by cop in Quezon City

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A man who took hostage a young girl and a canteen owner was shot dead by a policeman as the man was about to stab his victim in the middle of negotiations on Sunday night in Quezon City.

Posted: May 6th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Metro | Read More »

Estrada’s ‘best birthday gift’ from people of HK


As far as the Manila city government is concerned, it was Mayor Joseph Estrada’s initiative to offer a formal apology that “softened the hearts” of the victims of the hostage-taking tragedy in Luneta which led to a breakthrough in the appeasement efforts with Hong Kong.

Posted: May 3rd, 2014 in Headlines,Metro | Read More »