(Video) Manila Philippines bus hostage taking

Manila, Philippines (August 23, 2010; 11:55 p.m.) – Here are some gripping videos of the hostage taking on a Chinese tourist bus in Manila, Philippines.
The hostage crisis ended tragically after a SWAT team assaulted a bus full of mostly Chinese tourists from Hong Kong, resulting in the death of the hostage taker and nine (9) hostages.
Additional Story: Video & Transcript of Radio interview with Manila bus hostage-taker Rolando Mendoza
A total of 22 Hong Kong tourists and three Filipinos were aboard the tourist bus when sacked police senior inspector Rolando Mendoza seized the vehicle around 9 a.m., demanding that he be reinstated.
At first, matters proceeded peacefully. The hijacker freed nine hostages — three women, three children and two men — leaving 15 tourists on board. Police sealed the area and brought food for the hostages, along with fuel to keep the bus’ air conditioning running in the 32-degree-Celsius (90 F) heat.
Then negotiations began to go awry. Mendoza demanded a signed promise that his case would be reviewed, but its delivery was delayed for hours, in part by Manila’s notorious traffic, and when it finally arrived he rejected it as insufficient.
The hijacker’s brother Gregorio, a policeman, was flown in to talk to him through the driver’s window but grew so agitated in claiming Mendoza had been unfairly sacked that police hustled him away, fearing he would inflame the situation.
Some observers said Mendoza was provoked by the sight of his emotional policeman-brother Gregorio Mendoza being pacified and taken away. After Mendoza was heard firing his gun from inside the bus, the police attacked shortly after 7:30 p.m.
Policemen spent several minutes trying to enter through the doors and windows, using sledgehammers. They threw tear gas inside the bus before forcing open the emergency exit in the back at 8:13 p.m. By that time, Mendoza was dead, and so were apparently some of the hostages.
Videos: Manila, Philippines Hostage-taking Drama
Sources: Yahoo News, GMA News, CNN
Additional Story: Video & Transcript of Radio interview with Manila bus hostage-taker Rolando Mendoza

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23 thoughts on “(Video) Manila Philippines bus hostage taking”

  1. I heard that the hostage-taker got mad because he had seen his siblings arrested by some police officials assuming they are also involve on the bus tv…
    Again, officials got to take responsibility … not to agravate the situation especially the media. They should be very very careful what they are covering.

  2. right: they gave food and refueled the bus. hunger and heat will only serve to agitate Mendoza pushing him to irrationality.
    wrong: Mendoza made himself a perfect target in the morning – several times. taking him out them could have prevented collateral damage. the only problem is our SWAT does not have any expert snipers.
    wrong: Arresting brother and nephew with media coverage. Mendoza was in that bus for alleged wrongdoing. Arresting his brother and nephew ‘for no good reason’ would surely agitate him
    wrong: takedown. and they call themselves SWAT? they do not even know where the emergency release is for the door. it took them so long to open the door – let alone use a sledgehammer and axe to smash it.
    wrong: allowing the media to capture the whole fiasco. if the world can see that we can not handle an ex-policeman turned hostage-taker, how much more a full-fledged terrorist.
    conclusion: useless PNP! stop wasting my tax you idiots!

  3. Men! They should have pretended to agree with his demand to be re instated to the Police Force, for the safety of the people inside the bus. It would have been a lot easier and effective rather than letting the Special (Watdafuck) Action Force have their way..

  4. I agree with the rest of the comments here, a lot of mistakes in handling the hostage situation yesterday, at the cost of those poor innocent tourists. tsk tsk.. another blow to the image of our country.

  5. SHIT!! talaga! galit na galit na ako … kaka-submit ko lang ng application for a job para sa kapatid ko … before this has happened …
    Problema sa sistema natin ng gobyerno is why we are getting soooooo incompetent public officials. The source is the government hires their own relatives or friends (palakasan o bata-bata system) like for instance … pag may trabaho naka open sa gobyerno … ang unang makakaalam nyan e mga empleyado. So ipapaalam nila yan sa mga kapamilya nila para maaplayan bago pa makuha iyon ng iba. Kaya ang nangyayari is the “brain drain” sa bansa natin. Ung mga bobo na mga naka upo … mag ha-hire ng mga bobo pa.
    My point is the government should hire public employees that deserve the position … hindi porke kamag-anak mo e tanggap na. dapat may fair na proseso … nasasabi ko eto dahil nangyari sa akin eto nung nag aaplay ako ng fireman. May mga nakasabayan ako nun na ni hinde man lang nila nakumpleto ang medical exam … pasok na!! yun pala malakas kay COLONEL!!

  6. It was a problem turned crisis. In every difficult situation, there’s an opportunity. When lemons are abundant make some lemonades. I know there’ll be another side of the coin of what happened. I just hope it’ll be for the good if not for the better. Be optimistic!

  7. they forget to pray..just relying on themselves ability..we are known by some foreigners as religious peoples and they trust us for that..why keep on failing them.anyway,,we have to stop blaming everyone….thats fate,you cant control it..whatever happened in OUR world,no one can stop it,,its only HIM..we need to be ready for the buttrfly effect..movie na yan ah..hehe

  8. the incident was very breath taking.im very ashamed on our police here in philippines.they are nothing but a fool much criminal polices!i hate them.because of there fault,our ofw’s in hong kong will be punished without sin’s.i want the pnp to be killed!they are pulling down our country over and over again.

  9. If our police officers are incompetent, it cannot be completely blame on them. There are many factors that contribute to it. Let us try to understand the limitations of our country.
    .-= dokwayne´s latest blog ..Managing crisis =-.

  10. I agree to you James. The hostage drama was not an isolated incident. It could happen anywhere in the world and many worse than that happened or happening elsewhere. People in HK should be more understanding. I am sure many of them do understand. I am delighted with Jackie Chan’s disposition.
    .-= dokwayne´s latest blog ..Dokwayne’s Socioeconomic Model of Business =-.

  11. Although im very disappointed with the way we handled the situation, i believe that the Chinese people are a bit over reacting. Have they forgotten about the melanin scandal that their own people did. From my point of view its far more grave than what Rolando Mendoza did.

  12. It’s funny how people keep calling this not an isolated incident. You wanna know why Hong Kong and the Chinese are upset, well everyone who was innocent that died was Chinese. I think if there were filipinos hostages that died the anger wouldn’t be so bad towards the filipinos.
    @James, those are terrorist attacks, that had casualities of all sorts of races. Their agenda was to kill not negotiate.
    @jonha@Happiness, yeah your they their best? What are you talking about. They had a “special force army unit” that were experienced in these kinds of situations on standby at the scene ready, but the police didn’t want them to take the spotlight. Egos galore. Yeah look at how that turned out. President goes into hiding. Blaming anyone,but themselves. Calling a Hong Kong Official a liar. Of course your countrymen would put them down, what else you want them to do, congratulate them not saving 8 people. Congratulate them for making the Philippines a place you shouldn’t spend your money.
    Hopefully this will be a turning point for everyone in the Philippines. Sometimes it take a view from the outside to see what’s wrong in the inside. Many in the philippines are so used to the issues, it becomes part of life. If there was repect and honor for the people and LAWS the place would be a lot safer and better. Hell it probably be back to being “the pearl of the orient” and a great power at that.
    To those that say lets pray for a better Philippines, do you pray when you want a car to move or you want a good grade on the test. Praying is fine, but it only takes you so far. You have to move the car yourself, or study very hard to get a good grade. You have to do something for what you want. Not waiting for something to happen. Remember filipinos have been praying for how long for a better Philippines. It has always taken someone to start something for the better (rizal, lapu lapu). It’s time for action. Be vocal, demand accountability, educate and stop the hate and propaganda.

  13. …wala nanamang nagawa c noynoy ai………bkt naman kasi bnaboy nyo ung kapatid nya? d sana mangyayare un..!!!!sa susunod na may mga turista d2 sa pinas sguraduhing nyong walang mangyayareng masama protektahan nyo para naman nd mapahioya ang pilipinas…grave eh…..!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. am writing this comment from Kingdom of Bahrain. I am very disappointed with the terrible incompetence shown by the PNP in handling the crisis. When the hostage-taker demanded for a media to come, I thought the crisis leadership will see it as an opportunity. An expert police can disguise as camera man and catch the criminal by surprise. But they did not see it. Bobo talaga ang mga police na yan!

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