Hostage Taking @ Quirino Grandstand
Former Senior Inspector Rolando Mendoza, reportedly committed a terrorist act by taking 25 hostages who were Chinese/Hongkong Nationals including the Filipino Driver and Photographer.
According to the victims, Mendoza asked if he can board the Tourist Bus at the Intramuros. He’s wearing a navy suit with his gun (So who wouldn’t let him in? That’s how Filipinos respect a stranger wearing a navy suit?)
Who was Rolando Mendoza? He was a former Policeman with a good record, considered as one of the most outstanding Police officers in the late 1990’s and served the government for 20 years. However, a guy named Christian Kalaw filed a case against Mendoza including 4 other police officers related to robbery extortion. In late 2009, Mendoza had been removed from his position because of this extortion incident.
The Hostage situation started around 10:00am, August 23, 2010. Towards the afternoon, a few hostages had been released. Mendoza asked a reporter to become his negotiator but the Police Officers wouldn’t let the media come near the Bus just lik the civilians.
Mendoza’s wife and daughter went to the place where the Hostage taking was happening and asked the Police officers if they can go to the Bus and talk to Mendoza, but again the Police officers won’t let them.
Mendoza is asking for a result from the Ombudsman, “I want a decision on my case to be delivered by the following people,” according to a former partner and co-policeman, Mendoza was a nice guy and good at his job and because of losing his position, it lead him to perform this hostage takeover of a Tourist bus, in order to send his message to everyone and clear his name once and for all.
Eventually, the Driver escaped, and he told everyone outside that all Hostages were dead!
Around 8:30pm, tear gas had been released inside the Bus and then continuous gun shots rang out. 1 Civilian near the area was accidentally hit by a bullet on his leg.
A few minutes later, a sniper gun shoots Mendoza – dead!
All of the hostages are brought outside one by one, but unfortunately most are dead bodies.
One of the Hostage Victims who survived.
There are 6 Victims brought to Manila Hospital who were still reported alive, but according to the Dr., 2 Victims are dead upon arrival.