1 hurt as man holds bus passengers hostage in Pampanga05/29/2008 | 03:39 PMMANILA, Philippines – A still unidentified man was wounded after an armed man opened fire inside a bus and held hostage its 30 passengers in Pampanga province Thursday afternoon.
Initial radio reports said the victims were on board a Bataan-bound Genesis Transport bus with body number 1881 when the hostage drama happened in Lourdes village at around 1:45 p.m.
The radio report added that the local police have already rescued 27 passengers while three more people are still being held hostage as of posting time.
The three were reportedly trapped after the fleeing passengers accidentally pushed the button that controls the bus’ door, the report said.
Initial reports said that the man initially declared a holdup before asking the driver to stop the bus (TVJ 284) while it was traveling along Gapan-Olangapo Road in Lubao, Pampanga. The bus stopped near the Lauc Pau Church in Barangay Lourdes.
The report quoted Riza Moises, owner and operator of the bus line, as saying that the suspected hostage-taker, who boarded the bus in Manila, seemed “deranged.”
Authorities have yet to determine the demands of the man based on the piece of paper that he hurled toward the rescuers.
The highway has already been closed to traffic while authorities negotiate with the armed suspect.
Lubao is a first-class municipality in the southern part of Pampanga province with a population of 125,699 people living in 23,446 households. – Mark Merueñas, GMANews.TV
THAT UNIDENTIFIED MAN IS MY COUSIN, AARON SANTOS.
HE TRIED TO ESCAPE SO HE WAS SHOT.
PLEASE HELP US PRAY THAT HE WOULD BE OUT OF DANGER.