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Police hostage crisis at Indonesia jail ends – officials

May 10, 2018 - 9:48 PM

In the pre-dawn operation, 145 prisoners "surrendered unconditionally" and the hostage was released with no further casualties reported, said Chief Security Minister Wiranto

IT'S OVER. This handout photo released by Indonesia's National Police and taken on May 9, 2018 shows a prisoner (center) surrendering to police (in foreground) after a riot at the Mobile Police Brigade headquarters in Depok, West Java. Handout/National Police/AFP

Why did media cross police lines at the Cubao terror drill?

Apr 13, 2018 - 2:23 PM

Though the terror exercise – which saw incoming police chief Director Oscar Albayalde ordering the rule-breakers to cross the line – is far from reality, there could be days when the police will have it real and worse

NCRPO CHIEF. Oscar Albayalde at a House of Representatives. HOR photo

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Apr 13, 2018 - 11:00 AM

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Duterte apologizes to Hong Kong for 2010 hostage crisis

Apr 12, 2018 - 8:15 PM

'Wala kasing apology coming from the mouth so ako na,' says President Rodrigo Duterte, alluding to his predecessor Benigno Aquino III

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his message following the signing of agreements between Philippine and Chinese companies at the Golden Coast Hotel in Boao, People’s Republic of China on April 10, 2018, reiterates that the Philippines is continuing to promote ease of doing business as well as the government's effort in addressing corruption. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Police, media 'repeat' 2010 Luneta hostage crisis mistake in Cubao terror drill

Apr 12, 2018 - 6:01 PM

Cameramen cross police lines to shoot the climax of a simulated terror attack. Police respond too late.

FAMILIAR FORMATION? Quezon City Police District operatives surround a hostaged bus, the same way police did in the 2010 Luneta hostage-taking crisis. DARREN LANGIT

Hero French policeman dies after jihadist shooting spree

Mar 24, 2018 - 3:36 PM

Lieutenant-Colonel Arnaud Beltrame, 45, was among a group of officers who rushed to the scene after the attacker stormed a supermarket and fired at shoppers and staff.

AFTERMATH. French members of the Research and Intervention Brigade (BRI) secure the area during a search operation at the Ozanam housing estate in Carcassonne, southwestern France on March 23, 2018. Photo by Eric Cabanis / AFP

Arroyo wants transportation security commission vs terrorism

Jul 05, 2017 - 1:01 PM

The former Chief Executive whose presidency witnessed the worst terror attack in the country says a system of accountability would allow concerned agencies to perform their functions better

SAFER STREETS. Pampanga 2nd District Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo files a bill aimed to address the terrorism threat on the transportation sector.

Officer shot in lengthy Armenia hostage drama

Jul 31, 2016 - 12:34 AM

The hostage crisis shakes the small landlocked ex Soviet nation just months after a surge in conflict with Azerbaijan over separatist ethnic Armenian region of Nagorny Karabakh left 110 people dead in April

5 years of Aquino: Highs and lows

Jul 28, 2015 - 6:05 PM

Rappler looks back at the most criticized and most applauded statements and actions of President Aquino

LAST SONA. Philippine President Benigno Aquino III smiles during a signing ceremony between Philippine's Department of Trade (DTI) and Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) on business promotion cooperation in Tokyo, Japan, June 2, 2015. File photo by Franck Robichon/EPA

Australia in solidarity with France, says PM Abbott

Jan 10, 2015 - 3:04 PM

Abbott and French President Francois Hollande has discussed the evolving nature of the international terrorist threat and the fact that this is a common problem that our world faces

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott. File photo by Lukas Coch/EPA

Obama to France: 'The United States stands with you'

Jan 10, 2015 - 1:47 PM

The US President rallies to the support of its oldest ally France after the bloody end to hostage sieges in Paris

SOLIDARITY. US President Barack Obama speaks about the attacks in France, saying "the United States stands with you" at Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville, Tennessee on January 9, 2015. Mandel Ngan/AFP

Lack of compassion: Nigeria's leader criticized over missing girls response

May 17, 2014 - 12:34 AM

Lack of compassion and an absence of leadership: perceptions of Goodluck Jonathan s handling of the Boko Haram hostage crisis go from bad to worse – and could blight his political future


Manila bus hostage crisis: Who blinked first?

Apr 29, 2014 - 8:00 PM

Those who had supported the Philippines’ firm stand against issuing an apology were also left stunned by the immense cost paid to win peace

The evolving role of PH in Asia

Apr 26, 2014 - 12:32 PM

Rappler talks to Secretary to the Cabinet Rene Almendras about the resolution of the row between Hong Kong and the Philippines over the 2010 bus hostage crisis

Almendras: Palace did spade work in ending HK row

Apr 24, 2014 - 7:41 PM

Cabinet Secretary Rene Almendras says the 7 month negotiations did not largely involve Manila officials but acknowledged the help of Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada in ending the row with Hong Kong

MISSION TO HK. Manila Mayor Erap Estrada heads to Hong Kong on Flight PR 318 on Tuesday, April 22. Photo by Jedwin M. Llobrera

Rappler Newscast | April 23, 2014

Apr 23, 2014 - 8:25 PM

PH and HK resolve 2010 hostage crisis Lacson: pork barrel scam critics got kickbacks Napoles’ lawyer says his client did not ask to be a state witness

Erap in HK to bring compensation for hostage victims

Apr 22, 2014 - 2:21 PM

UPDATED Bringing an undisclosed amount of cash and reportedly accompanied by two national officials he says we should take responsibility for the 2010 incident

Luneta crisis: Erap to meet Hong Kong officials April 24

Apr 21, 2014 - 8:40 PM

The meeting is reportedly a joint effort by the Manila city government and Malacañang even as the President maintains that no apology is necessary

HK, MANILA TIES. Manila mayor Erap Estrada again plans to visit Hong Kong to make amends over the botched 2010 Quirino hostage taking incident. Photo by Rappler

Erap sets HK trip after birthday to make amends

Apr 15, 2014 - 7:22 PM

After his birthday on April 19 Manila Mayor Erap Estrada intends to travel to Hong Kong to personally say sorry for the botched 2010 Quirino hostage crisis

HK to PH: Apologize for officials who mishandled crisis

Feb 18, 2014 - 8:41 PM

Hong Kong says it s not demanding a personal apology from President Aquino but from the PH gov t for the failure of its officials in handling the rescue of hostages

From PH to Hong Kong: Hard to say I’m sorry

Feb 16, 2014 - 7:48 PM

Despite it holding absolutely no political authority in defense and out of solidarity for this tropical country that holds my heart and my passport I just looked around the table and said I’m sorry

Rappler Newscast | February 5, 2014

Feb 05, 2014 - 8:19 PM

The PH will not apologize to Hong Kong The Senate Congress and Customs rate poorly in fighting corruption Bill Gates is no longer Microsoft chair

Is Hong Kong acting like a bully?

Jan 31, 2014 - 9:49 AM

On social media many OFWs in in Hong Kong support the Philippine government’s stance despite the threat of more sanctions that could ultimately affect them

Progress in PH-HK ties: Manila bus hostage gets aid

Nov 20, 2013 - 2:36 AM

Filipino businessmen donate for the facial reconstruction surgeries of a female survivor

STILL WAITING. In this 2011 file photo, relatives of the 8 dead Hong Kong nationals attend a ceremony at the Quirino grandstand, the site of the hostage-taking tragedy. File photo by EPA/Dennis M Sabangan

Should the Philippines apologize to Hong Kong?

Nov 06, 2013 - 11:21 PM

Netizens air their views on whether an apology to Hong Kong is truly due

SCENE OF THE CRIME. Investigators probe the tourist bus where the hostaga drama unfolded. The various strings represent the trajectory of bullets that were shot. Photo from AFP.

Rappler Newscast | November 5, 2013

Nov 05, 2013 - 9:31 PM

At least 10 more lawmakers could face charges over PDAF scam A strong tropical storm may hit Friday HK threatens sanctions over the 2010 hostage crisis

HK to PH: Take 'concrete steps' or face sanctions

Nov 05, 2013 - 3:16 PM

UPDATED Without going into specifics Hong Kong s Leung warns of sanctions as lawmakers mull the cancellation of visa free travel for visitors from PH

APOLOGY OR FACE SANCTIONS. In this file photo, Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying arrives to attend the Leaders Retreat during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum in Bali, Indonesia, 07 October 2013. EPA/Dita Alangkara/Pool

Rappler Newscast | November 1, 2013

Nov 01, 2013 - 9:14 PM

Hong Kong says Manila’s apology is not enough US Secretary of State says US spying went too far in some cases Anonymous hacks Singapore newspaper site

Erap still after hoodlums in uniforms

Oct 10, 2013 - 10:38 PM

Celebrating his first hundred days as mayor of Manila Joseph Estrada hopes to win back tourists from Hong Kong after the 2010 hostage crisis

China to PH: Don't forget HK hostages

Oct 08, 2013 - 2:39 PM

UPDATED China backs the survivors demands after President Benigno Aquino III refuses to apologize over the 2010 hostage crisis in Manila

STILL WAITING. In this 2011 file photo, relatives of the 8 dead Hong Kong nationals attend a ceremony at the Quirino grandstand, the site of the hostage-taking tragedy. File photo by EPA/Dennis M Sabangan

Intel failure? MNLF troops entered Zambo 3 days ago

Sep 09, 2013 - 3:53 PM

The military says it was able to monitor the entry of unarmed MNLF members 3 days ago

Bus hostage victims can't sue PH, says court

Aug 30, 2013 - 2:10 PM

The Philippine government has sovereign immunity rules the Hong Kong Court of First Instance

STILL WAITING. In this 2011 file photo, relatives of the 8 dead Hong Kong nationals attend a ceremony at the Quirino grandstand, the site of the hostage-taking tragedy. File photo by EPA/Dennis M Sabangan

2010 hostage crisis victims: PH gov't not doing enough

Aug 24, 2013 - 7:34 AM

The brother of a slain tour guide says the Philippine government is not doing enough for victims of the 2010 hostage crisis

Photo by Rappler/Vincent Go.

Despite Erap apology, HK hostage victims plan to sue PH

Aug 21, 2013 - 3:29 PM

New Manila Mayor Erap Estrada s apology is insincere says one victim

STILL WAITING. In this 2011 file photo, relatives of the 8 dead Hong Kong nationals attend a ceremony at the Quirino grandstand, the site of the hostage-taking tragedy. File photo by EPA/Dennis M Sabangan

Opinion: Friendly takes a bad turn in Hong Kong

Jun 06, 2013 - 8:00 AM

What was a friendly match took a turn for the worse after Hong Kong locals racially abused the Filipino crowd

File photo by Rappler/Josh Albelda.

Lim liable for Luneta bloodbath - Robredo report

Apr 21, 2013 - 1:20 AM

Malacañang however set aside the recommendation to suspend for one month President Aquino s family friend and party mate

Photo by Rappler/Vincent Go.

Erap won’t hit PNoy on Sabah

Mar 03, 2013 - 4:07 PM

Former President Joseph Estrada says Aquino has not abandoned the Philippines claim to Sabah

Filipino survivors of Algeria siege back in PH

Jan 29, 2013 - 9:57 PM

A total of 8 Filipinos were killed and 1 remains missing after the hostage crisis at an Algerian gas field

HOSTAGE. Satellite image provided by DigitalGlobe from October 8, 2012 shows Amenas, Algeria. Islamist militants held dozens of foreign hostages and hundreds of Algerian workers hostage in a gas field located approximately 45 km from the city. AFP Photo/Digitalglobe

Algeria under fire over hostage crisis

Jan 18, 2013 - 5:10 PM

Fears grow for dozens of foreign hostages still unaccounted for in Algeria

DFA evacuates 34 Pinoys from Algeria

Jan 18, 2013 - 2:48 PM

The Filipino workers one of whom sustained a gunshot wound are to fly by chartered plane to London via Parma Italy

MIDDLE OF THE DESERT. Satellite image of the In Amenas gas field in eastern Algeria from Google Maps

More than 20 Pinoy hostages in Algeria?

Jan 18, 2013 - 10:47 AM

2nd UPDATE The Department of Foreign Affairs says it has received reports from relatives that more than 20 Filipinos were among the foreign hostages seized in Algeria

HOSTAGE CRISIS This undated hand out picture released by Norway's energy group Statoil on January 17, 2013 shows a road sign near the In Amenas gas field in eastern Algeria near the Libyan border. AFP PHOTO / STATOIL / KJETIL ALSVIK

Manila hostage crisis: Hong Kong presses for apology

Aug 23, 2012 - 6:33 PM

Two years after the Manila hostage crisis Hong Kong families renew their demand for Philippine government apology

DEMAND FOR APOLOGY. A woman (C) amongst survivors and relatives of eight Hong Kong tourists who were killed exactly two years ago in a 2010 Philippine bus hostage fiasco in Manila cries as they gather outside the Philippines consulate in Hong Kong to demand an apology on August 23, 2012. AFP PHOTO / Philippe Lopez