August 23rd, 2010
09:03 AM ET

Philippine hostage standoff ends

Updated at 9:10 a.m.] At least seven people survived a hostage-taking in the Philippines, and the hostage-taker was killed by a shot to the head, police at the scene said.

At least two hostages were killed, police said.

[Updated at 9:03 a.m.] Police removed dead bodies from a bus that was hijacked in the Philippines Monday, a CNN producer at the scene saw.

At least four hostages appear to have survived the 10-hour ordeal, which ended with an exchange of gunfire between police and the hostage-taker.

There were 15 hostages on the bus when police stormed it. Nine had been released earlier.

[Updated at 7:47 a.m.] A police assault team charged a bus with 15 people being held hostage by a gunman in the Philippines, breaking the windows with an axe, CNN's Anna Coren reported from the scene.

[Posted at 7:30 a.m.] Gunshots were fired Monday at the scene of a hostage-taking in the Philippines, CNN's Anna Coren reported from Manila.

The hostage-taker fired out of the bus, and police shot the tires of the bus, she said. There are no reports of injuries on the bus, she said.

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  1. carl moran

    q: How do you spell INCOMPETENCE?
    a: P – N – P

    August 25, 2010 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  2. carl moran

    Oh, by the way, The hostage taker and the guys that tried to stop the hostage taker, aren't they both cops? Hmmm......

    August 25, 2010 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • KURATONG BALELENG

      Carl, the two negotiator are just a cigarete vendor or peanut vendor, they just happen to be there.

      August 25, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  3. KURATONG BALELENG

    I'm hoping na Life in Prisonment ang Ihatol sa anak ni Chavit Singson sa HongKong na maranasan nila ang tunay na BATAS.

    August 25, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  4. KURATONG BALELENG

    HONG KONG OFFICIALS AND GOVERNMENT PLEASE FILE A LAWSUIT AGAINST THE PHILIPPINE GOVERNMENT, SPECIALLY THE PHILIPPINE NATIONAL POLICE FORCE FOR NEGLIGENCE AND WRONGFULL DEATH. THEIR STUPID ACTIONS RESULTED THIS UNFORGETABLE TRAGEDY. ABS-CBN AND GMA SHOULD ALSO PAY DAMAGE FOR ESCALATING THE SCENE.I'm a Filipino and I'm still proud of it but I'll never be proud and honor the corrupt government who runs it!!!

    August 25, 2010 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Maid

      Where is your proud! The god damn corrupted country, damn the whole government ...a murder! Shame on being a philipino man not the maid. Poor the maids work hard abroad to feed them the ugly,selfish, rubbish man. Our maid won't go back foreever. PK..SHame on Philippines!

      September 6, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Maid

      Kuratong Bleleng, You first statement is correct "HONG KONG GOVERNMENT SHALL FILE A LAWSUIT AGAINT PHILIPPINE AUTHORITY", but the second excuse on Media is wrong. Who is the authority to control ?

      September 11, 2010 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  5. what the hil s going on... the police parutpot.... thier exrcise much to fas n furios. bt n actual look like pas n the wind...

    what the hil s going on... the police parutpot.... thier exrcise much to fas n furios. bt n actual look like pas n the wind.

    August 25, 2010 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
  6. lulu

    wow!!! Why did he do that? He should just get another job!!! those people that died were innocent, now philippines is in trouble!!!

    August 25, 2010 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
  7. MooN

    THIS IS AN EYE OPENING FOR THE FILIPNOS.... TAMA NA KASI ANG AYOS LANG DAPAT.....AY YUNG KARAPATDAPAT!!!!

    August 26, 2010 at 2:22 am | Report abuse |
  8. a christian

    We have no right to judge any person or country because we have our own mistakes. It is God who allow this things to happen and we must accept it with humility.

    August 26, 2010 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Human

      What the hell you said God allow this thing happen! We of course have right to judge such a completely incompetence, low dirty corruptive society. It can't just let it be..It's the Devil country without God! Only full rubbish and devil cops, the chief ...the negotiator, all are greedy for money. Selfish Gunman is the symbol of philippine man. NEVER FORGIVE!!! GO O HELL!!

      September 6, 2010 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  9. joe

    hey guys, there is conspiracy all right. if you scrutinize tv footages, you will see that there were police joking all round. They weren't serious in saving. in fact, the hijacker must have some information holding the police force hostage and to release him will be detrimental. Moreover, during the course of the hijack, he had the opportunity to disclose any info to the hostages. Therefore to keep them alive will have expected consequences to their police force. If you judge the course of events in the light of this theory, it becomes clear why they did not kill the hijacker when they had the chance to; he simply can't die until he silenced every single one of the hostages. He was finally shot, only after it became apparent there had been total carnage within the bus. Pass it on guys..

    August 27, 2010 at 2:35 am | Report abuse |
  10. jade

    Do you know what the worst part is??? Every ordinary Filipino all around the world will suffer the consequences. Haters will swarm all over because that's what most people love to do.

    September 2, 2010 at 7:05 am | Report abuse |
  11. edoc

    You hate the Filipino people for the hostage fiasco that unfortunate> incident that went out of control at the end. This was a hostage situation> that was under control and which netted 7 Chinese tourists to be released> upon the efforts of our policemen.> > > You appear and sound sanctimonious and have even stepped upon our> sovereignty. You have demanded apology, the moon and the heavens. You hate> the Filipino people as if we wanted this unfortunate incident to happen.> First and foremost, we offer our condolences to the families of the 8 that> were killed in this incident. Secondly, we are sorry for the bungled> handling of this hostage taking. It was unfortunate, it was an accident,> we never planned it that way. Is it fair to blame a whole nation for a> situation that was never planned?> > > Let me ask you this question, "Should we hate you also for the lead> poisoning caused by the paint you used in your baby furniture and toys for> the children of the world, Should we hate you also for the use of> cardboard in the "siopao" that you sell to tourists? Should we hate you> also for the melamine contamination wherein not 8, but hundreds, maybe> even thousands have suffered and some even died?> > > Or, let us talk of Filipino casualties. A few years ago, 3 Filipino> tourists, all surnamed Madrigal, a family of 5 were walking on Tienemen> Square and Beijing. One Chinese stabbed the father and two of his> children, killing all three. Were you even sorry for what this one Chinese> did? Did the Filipino people even demand that China apologized for this> unfortunate incident. This was PRE-MEDITATED MURDER.> > > Just as the use of lead, cardboard, melamine was pre-meditated – used> because they were cheaper materials, in order to generate PROFITS for the> Chinese businessman. Did you pay damages the same way you are demanding> damages from the Filipino nation and people.> > > Where was the anger of the Chinese and Hongkong people? Did you even> apologize to the world? My God in the case of melanine, you even kept this> information from the world, until you were exposed for what you are!!!> > > Enough! We symphatize but don't blame the Filipino people.> > > So you want to send our OFWs home, that take care of your children? They> play an important part in your lives. Both spouses are able to work, earn> money because of the tender loving care being heaped on your children by> Filipino maids and yayas/amahs. While you pay our OFWs for the work they> do, you earn more for the love and care they bestow on your children. Go> ahead, send our OFWs home. Let us see how that will affect your family> incomes.> > > Enough!> > > Pass this to all Filipinos you know. If you love your country, perhaps> you'll send this.> </spa

    September 9, 2010 at 3:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Human

      Edoc,
      It's the problem of you once again if you are Philipno using different cases to defend what the stupid and unforgivaeble big mistake. Everybody watched the 11 hours long negoitation. This is not the accident at all! It's not the exposion or natural catastrophe. The careless, selfish behavour, no sense of urgency, uncompetence, greedy and corruption, neglect of the value life of human beings are all the problem revealed what a low level country of government, police, leader and the people still trying to use wrong standard to beautiful what was done wrong. It's the problem of education, life of justice, bias and the ugly of outdated cultural standard. Hope that Edoc you only represents the small group of Philipnos. Our maids feel so shame of how a case be managed in such a choatic situation. They cry for those victims and cry for being a Philipno born under such government!!!! I urge them get marry aboard, abandom this shameful country particularly those, selfish, lazy, greedy and unorganized country. It's a low / no right standard country.

      September 11, 2010 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
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