Manila bus hostage crisis possible that some of the hostages were shot/killed by the Police trying to rescue them.

A police official has admitted possibility of tourists being hit by “stray” bullets fired by police on the assault team.

The police assault team have been ordered to surrender their weapons for ballistic testing as part of common procedures. The weapons will be tested at the PNP Crime lab in Camp Crame.

Director Leocadio Santiago, National Capital Region Police Office chief then went on to say that they did not expect the hostage drama to end in a violent twist which is why they allowed live media coverage of the crisis as they expected a peaceful resolution. He followed on to say they were caught off guard by Mendoza’s brothers reaction to the crisis when summoned to assist the police with the situation.Santiago said that instead of pacifying his brother, SPO2 Mendoza “incited” the hostage-taker not to surrender and agitated him further by calling out to the media while he was being arrested by the police. The same scenes were seen inside the bus due to the gunman watching his brother on a television installed in the vehicle. At this point the gunman opened fire on a hostage that was earlier handcuffed near to the front of the vehicle.

The PNP are going to begin a probe into the “organisation” on Wednesday. Although its no doubt going to be fast tracked with not only the Philippines government wanting answers but with Hong Kong wanting to know why things went so badly wrong. The PNP will be looking at  where to improve the handling of hostage situations as well as the liabilities and possible lapses in police officers within this operation. All police officers involved in the hostage taking including Santiago and the MPD chief will full under the investigation.

At the same time Santiago admitted there were lapses in police handling of the crowd at Rizal park and mistakes committed by the assault team. Including poor planning that resulted in a bundled attempt to enter the bus at the front for the assault team to then receive text messages saying the bus had an emergency rear exit. Lack of equipment and firearms were also mentioned in the statement.

4 comments for “Manila bus hostage crisis possible that some of the hostages were shot/killed by the Police trying to rescue them.

  1. TropicalPenpals
    August 24, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    New blog post: . – Manila bus hostage crisis likely some of the hostages were shot by Police trying to rescue them.

  2. Philip Patrick
    August 25, 2010 at 10:12 am

    Many might not like what I am about to say. I have lived here and witness things long enough, that I feel I have the knowledge to say, ” Weak, Undisciplined Government and Police.” This country has got to the point they are so weak and allow there Culture to destroy themselves. Did you see how the police handled the situation with his brother. That was just plain embarrassing. They could not even get the relatives off him, they could not put him in the car, they could not control the crowd. People here do just about what they want. They are too weak or scared to stop them. We all should know that abuse of power is bad. But you have to have authority and strength to lead a group of people. Especially third world country people. The brother was under arrest, the family should have been psychically removed, and subdued and handcuffed if necessary. If he did not get in the car he should have been pepper sprayed and put in the car by force. The crowd should have been kept back with barriers, and anyone crossed those would have been tear gas, or plastic bullets, then arrested. Where do you think the gunman come up with the idea he did. Same reason, same fault, too many here are weak and do not take control of situations and always having excuses, and whine about what happen to them. They has to be a stronger deterrent, a stronger accountability. If not out of control and mayhem will happen with all situations.

    Lets put it this way, If you are arrested in England,USA, Russia, China, just about anywhere. If you are innocent or not, if you refuse to go, you ass is in for a lot of hurt coming. You do not get to control the situation and speak with the press.. You fairly get your day in court later.

  3. Tropicalpenpals
    August 25, 2010 at 11:37 am

    I think a lot of it is down to a lack of people willing to take charge and responsibility. Its not uncommon in other countries either but just not in the Police.. often wrong decisions get made in other countries but at least the decisions are made. Here we see things unfolding as if people are making it up as they go along. Doesn’t seem planned or put together and it definitly doesn’t seem rehersed although I did see a Youtube video of the SWAT in Manila doing training for this type of situation yet it didnt mimic any procedures used by other teams internationally so have to wonder who trained them??

    The government issues and no doubt the police problems will not change here it suits those with power and generally the public grumble when they are made to abide by even the smallest of laws (like driving on the right side of the road instead of head on!). Personally I like a bit of the lax attitude as it makes life easier as im used to the UK which is too regimed at the same time common sense would go a long way in a lot of the situations even in daily occurances..