A dismissed policemen identified as Senior Inspector Rolando Mendoza, held passengers of a tourist bus near the Quirino Grandstand hostage.
Passengers of the HONG THAI tourist bus includes 22 Chinese Nationals and three Filipinos.
Senior Inspector Rolando Mendoza was reportedly sacked from service for drug charges and extortion. But Mendoza said he was unjustly dismissed and was deprived of due process.
He is armed with an M-16 assault rifle when he boarded the tourist bus. Mendoza’s demands were written on a piece of cartolina and placed outside the bus. He hijacked the tourist bus to force authorities to clear his name and demanded to be reinstated to his previous post. He was formerly with the Manila police’s mobile patrol. He is also a former recipient of the 1986 Ten Outstanding Policemen of the Philippines (TOPP) of the Jaycees International.
Police are still negotiating with Mendoza, and SWAT members have already surrounded the bus.
Buendia Flyover N/B closed by PNP due to hostage taking at quirino grandstand. South Drive and North road at Katigbak were also closed.
As of this writing 9 hostages were freed by Mendoza which includes children and elderly women.
He requested food for himself and the passengers and also gasoline. He then flashed a message, “3 pm dead lock.” Police give 30-minute extension of 3pm deadline. Mendoza posted “media now.”
Hostage taking is still going on for 8 hours now.