Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Police: 3 of 8 killed Quirino Grandstand hostages were Canadians

MANILA, Philippines—Three of the eight Hong Kong tourists who were slain in the tourist bus hostage crisis were Canadian citizens, a police spokesman disclosed on Wednesday.

However, Senior Superintendent Agrimero Cruz Jr. would not reveal the names of these victims and would just leave it up to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to name them.

Cruz said that upon confirmation, the three victims who bore Chinese names were actually Canadian citizens.

Meanwhile, there was still no clarity if autopsy reports will be released today, he added.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Philippines Bus Hostage Crisis Ends, Nine Dead

Various units of the Philippine police have stormed a hijacked bus and shot dead a former officer who had killed eight Chinese tourists after taking them hostage for twelve hours.

17 people survived, while nine were killed including the hostage-taker. Twenty-two of those on board were  Chinese tourists from Hong Kong, with three Filipinos - a driver, a guide and a photographer. It took hours of negotiations before a bloody ending was unveiled. Hostage-taking crisis like this do not usually occur in the Philippines.