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Philippines hostage drama deadline expires

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An armed ex policeman in the Philippines is holding 17 people hostage on a tourist bus in the capital Manilla.

So far eight people have been released.

The hijacker, identified as Rolando Mendoza, posted notes on the vehicle saying a “big deal” would happen at 3pm local time, 9am CET, but the deadline has passed without incident.

He claims he was unfairly sacked in 2008 and is demanding his job back.

Three children, three women and two men have been freed.

Mendoza asked for food, which has been delivered, and more fuel to keep the air conditioning going.

Most of the people being held are tourists from Hong Kong but the driver, guide and photographer on board are Filipinos.