25 people, including 22 Hong Kong tourists, were taken hostage inside a tourist bus near the Quirino Grandstand at Rizal Park in Manila, Philippines. The hostage-taker was a bemedalled former police officer Rolando Mendoza. Earlier, Rolando Mendoza has released 9 people. He also claimed that he was unjustly accused and would like to have his job back.
The hostage-taking is ongoing, please tune in at CNN or BBC television channel.
Read the full story, Hostages at Rizal Park, at the Manila Bulletin site.
Read the full story, 9th hostage freed, 17 others left onboard bus, at the Inquirer site.
Read the full story with video, Philippines hostage-taker threatens ‘drastic action’, at the CNN site.
Read the full story with video, Police surround hijacked bus in Philippine capital, at the BBC site.
Updated at 2:58pm :
The hostage-taking has ended and some hostages are alive.