By Kristine Felisse Mangunay
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.
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
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.
By Julie M. Aurelio
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.
By Erika Sauler
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.