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Criticism in the wake of Manila hostage drama

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Criticism in the wake of Manila hostage drama


The brother of a hostage-taker shot dead by police in the Philippines says the authorities should have negotiated a peaceful end to the drama.

Gregorio Mendoza told reporters his brother Rolando was upset about being dismissed from his job as a police captain in Manila.

Gregorio was himself arrested after trying to approach the bus full of tourists from Hong Kong his brother had taken hostage in downtown Manila.

There was also criticism from Hong Kong leader Donald Tsang:
“This is very tragic and the way it was handled, particularly the outcome, I find it is disappointing. I feel extremely sorry for them, it is most regrettable. For me, the outcome is very disappointing,” he said.

Eight of the 15 hostages died in the drama and several others were wounded as events turned rapidly from negotiation to shoot-out.

Police could be seen removing a body – believed to be that of the gunman – from the front of the bus, before helping the hostages off the rear.

Those seriously injured were treated at the scene.

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