Bacoor Hostage Crisis

October 14, 2011 by staff 

Bacoor Hostage CrisisBacoor Hostage Crisis, A hostage crisis two hours at a bank in the Philippines ended safely late on Thursday after the group of bank robbers released their hostages, officials said.

The incident began at 12:30 pm local time when four armed men entered the Rural Bank Masuerte Bacoor, an urban class in the province of Cavite. The robbers were armed with what police described as high-powered firearms.

Security forces responded quickly to the attempted bank robbery, forcing the gunmen to take hostages to six people inside the building. Local government officials quickly created a crisis management committee to handle the situation as teams of police and special weapons in the country and Tactics teams responded to the scene.

“The specialized units, such as Special Weapons and Tactics team, public safety officials and medical personnel were also in place in a few minutes while the fire trucks had been put on alert in the area and a police line was laid, “said Edwin Lacierda, presidential spokesman. “The negotiating team was able to establish contact with the kidnappers in 40 minutes.”

According to Bacoor police chief Superintendent Edgar Roquero, bank robbers demanded a getaway vehicle in exchange for the release of the hostages. But as negotiations continued, the robbers freed one hostage due to her health as a result of diabetes. He was identified as Danilo Gonz?lez, bookkeeper of the bank.

An hour later, at 2:45 pm local time, the hijackers agreed to leave the bank with the hostages. As part of the agreement, the four thieves left their guns inside the bank and surrendered to the media because they fear the police would do them harm.

No one was injured.

The Philippines also was the scene of a hostage crisis a year ago. In August 2010, dismissed police officer Rolando Del Rosario Mendoza took a tourist bus in a seaside park in Manila city. After more than 10 hours, the kidnapper opened fire on their hostages, killing eight Chinese tourists before he was shot dead by police.

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