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    Gunshots heard from hostage bus in Philippines

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    MANILA, Philippines (AP) A dismissed policeman armed with an automatic rifle seized a bus Monday in the Philippine capital with 25 people on board, mostly Hong Kong tourists. The gunman released nine of the hostages and demanded his job back to free the rest.

    Police sharpshooters took positions around the white-blue-red bus, which was parked near a downtown Manila park. The road was sealed off as officers negotiated with the hostage-taker. Ambulances with stretchers and fire trucks were positioned nearby.

    Hours after seizing the bus, he released two women, three children, a diabetic man and three Filipinos including a tour guide and a photographer, police said. The Filipino driver was still on the bus together with 15 tourists.
    Wow! This is a pretty scary situation. According to CNN, 21 are from Hong Kong tourists in Manila. This is still ongoing. The bus driver just escaped from the bus. Police seem to be surrounding the bus very closely right now according to the video... Have no idea what is going on inside.

    Needless to say, these tourists are not going to be speaking very highly of the Philippine when they get home.

    The hostage taker is a former police officer who says he lost his job unfairly. Something tells me this is not going to help him get his job back or a pension.
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    Re: Gunshots heard from hostage bus in Philippines

    Philipino TV is saying the remaining passengers are dead according to the driver who escaped... not confirmed yet...
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    Re: Gunshots heard from hostage bus in Philippines

    Looks like Manila police officers are getting ready to storm the bus.

    The Chinese characters on the bus identify it as KongTai Travel... Apparently it is a Hong Kong company...
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    Re: Gunshots heard from hostage bus in Philippines

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    Wow! This is a pretty scary situation. According to CNN, 21 are from Hong Kong tourists in Manila. This is still ongoing. The bus driver just escaped from the bus. Police seem to be surrounding the bus very closely right now according to the video... Have no idea what is going on inside.

    Needless to say, these tourists are not going to be speaking very highly of the Philippine when they get home.

    The hostage taker is a former police officer who says he lost his job unfairly. Something tells me this is not going to help him get his job back or a pension.
    Sure, he can tell them he understands the mind of a maniac in a hostage situation.
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    Re: Gunshots heard from hostage bus in Philippines

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    Sure, he can tell them he understands the mind of a maniac in a hostage situation.
    Humor is not really appropriate at a time like this...

    It looks like 15 Hong Kong tourists are dead... The police are in the process of forcing their way on the bus.

    The Metro Manila police director says that he has an M-16 and he sprayed the tourists with it... They are apparently either dead or have fatal injuries...
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    Re: Gunshots heard from hostage bus in Philippines

    Quote Originally Posted by ludahai View Post
    Humor is not really appropriate at a time like this...

    It looks like 15 Hong Kong tourists are dead... The police are in the process of forcing their way on the bus.

    The Metro Manila police director says that he has an M-16 and he sprayed the tourists with it... They are apparently either dead or have fatal injuries...
    I responded to your statement, and I wasn't being funny.
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    Re: Gunshots heard from hostage bus in Philippines

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    I responded to your statement, and I wasn't being funny.
    Well, you were way off base then...

    And now, with fifteen murder charges upcoming, the only police officers he will be seeing in the near future will be in a Manila prison.
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    Re: Gunshots heard from hostage bus in Philippines

    Quote Originally Posted by ludahai View Post
    Humor is not really appropriate at a time like this...

    It looks like 15 Hong Kong tourists are dead... The police are in the process of forcing their way on the bus.

    The Metro Manila police director says that he has an M-16 and he sprayed the tourists with it... They are apparently either dead or have fatal injuries...
    Got a link?
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    Re: Gunshots heard from hostage bus in Philippines

    Awful.

    He should have been killed by now.
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    Re: Gunshots heard from hostage bus in Philippines

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    Got a link?
    Not yet... getting it from both CNN and Philippine TV
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