Dozens held hostage at Greenhills mall, ex-guard armed with gun, grenades

In a statement posted on its Facebook page Monday afternoon, the Greenhills Center Management said the hostage taker was a former employee of the Safeguard Armor Security Corporation or SASCOR. 

“A fellow security guard was injured, but has already been brought to the hospital. Our priority right now is to ensure the safety of the employees, and of the public,” the statement read. 

Hostages freed, suspect arrested

At a little past 8 pm, hostages were seen walking free from inside the mall. The suspect walked out of the mall together with his hostages, and addressed the media and the crowd outside.

Twenty minutes into detailing his grievances against his employers and then suddenly addressing the mayor, Paray was tackled by cops. They spotted a pistol tucked in his waist.

This was in violation of the agreement he reached with the cops during negotiations, which included leaving behind his weapons.

In a statement sent to the media after the suspect's arrest, the Greenhills Center Management said, "Management continues to cooperate with authorities and will have a post-incident assessment with the police to avoid a repeat of this unfortunate situation."

It added, "Management will also look into allegations made by the hostage taker against security agency officials who allegedly take bribes from tenants to disregard shopping mall policies." – 

Rambo Talabong

Rambo Talabong covers the House of Representatives and local governments for Rappler. Prior to this, he covered security and crime. He was named Jaime V. Ongpin Fellow in 2019 for his reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. In 2021, he was selected as a journalism fellow by the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics.