Police end hostage-taking incident in Zamboanga
ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines - A hostage-taking incident at the Ok Bazaar in Zamboanga City was successfully ended by responding police officers on Saturday, July 27.
A pedicab driver, 23-year-old Patboy Asari Pangalasan, was arrested after he forcibly took 20-year-old Maria Barbara dela Cruz and threatened to kill her with a knife.
Pangalasan said he needed P500 to fetch his wife in General Santos City and was believed to be under the influence of drugs.
Senior Supt Jose Chiquito Malayo, OIC of Zamboanga City Police Office, led the responding team that rescued dela Cruz, who was working as a saleslady of Ok Bazaar.
Pangalasan is married and is from Sampaloc, Barangay Sinunuc, Zamboanga City. - Rappler.com