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Facts: NG Investigates Hostage Crisis Massacre

Photo: Bus driver in hostage situation.

Photo: Bus driver in hostage situation. (View larger version)

Photo by Inky Santiago-Nakpil / NGT

  • On August 23, 2010, 21 Hong Kong nationals along with 4 Filipinos were taken hostage aboard a bus in Manila, Philippines.

  • The hostage taker was Ex-Police Senior Inspector (Captain) Rolando D. Mendoza.

  • Rolando Mendoza’s demand was to be re-instated into the force.

  • Rolando Mendoza was armed with an M-16 ArmaLite assault rifle.

  • 8 tourists died by the end of the 11-hour hostage taking.

  • The gunman stopped the bus in Rizal Park, one of Manila’s most famous public spaces, where it sat, with the hostages aboard, for the 11 hours.

  • The driver of the bus, Alberto Lubang, was handcuffed to the wheel of the bus. He escaped during the violent bus siege by using a nail file attached to his keys.

  • 88 percent of some 3,000 kidnappings and hostage incidents within the United States have been resolved through negotiations.

  • Foreign relations between Hong Kong and the Philippines have been greatly strained due to this incident.

  • The Hong Kong tour group held hostage by Rolando Mendoza consisted of three families, two couples, a mother and daughter, and the tour leader.

  • At the end of the siege, 43-year-old mother Ng Yau-woon lost her husband and two daughters, and was left with a comatose son.

  • 39-year-old Fu Cheuk-Yan died while trying to save the rest of the tour group.

  • The Wong siblings were orphaned during the incident.

  • An elderly woman named Li Tsui Fung-kwan complained of stomach pains and was the first to be released from the bus.

  • President Benigno Aquino III, facing his first major crisis since taking office on June 30, declared August 25, 2010 as a day of national mourning, “in solidarity with the people of Hong Kong and the bereaved families of the slain.”