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.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.
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.