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In Cebu, man who allegedly held cousin hostage shot dead

Jun 09, 2019 - 7:05 PM

Police say the alleged hostage taker in Barangay Bulacao, Cebu City, held captive his cousin for 'no apparent reason'

LOOK: Man holds 5-year-old hostage outside PUP campus

Dec 17, 2018 - 3:31 PM

Dominador Abrinno, a resident of Taguig City, surrenders to a Manila Police negotiator after two hours

A 38 years old, Dominador Abrinno hostage a child along Teresa street at Sta. Mesa beside PUP Campus in Manila on 17 December 2018. The hostaker surrender to the police officer and safety retrive the child. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

One dead, suspect surrenders after U.S. supermarket hostage drama

Jul 22, 2018 - 9:26 AM

(4th UPDATE) The lone fatality is a woman shot in the Trader Joe's supermarket who was declared dead on the spot

BARRICADE. Police officers guard a supermarket with a barricaded suspect in Silverlake, Los Angeles, on July 21, 2018, A suspect was barricaded inside a supermarket in the US city of Los Angeles on Saturday, police said, in what US media reported was a possible hostage situation. Robyn Beck / AFP

Arrest ends hostage siege in central Paris

Jun 12, 2018 - 11:42 PM

(UPDATED) The motive for the attack is not clear but the incident does not appear to be terrorism-related

LOCKDOWN. Police officers stand on a street near the site of an ongoing hostage taking on June 12, 2018 in central Paris. Photo by Alain Jocard/AFP

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Apr 13, 2018 - 12:16 PM

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3 dead in France in suspected jihadist shooting spree

Mar 23, 2018 - 9:00 PM

(UPDATED) Security forces kill the gunman – believed to be a Moroccan who was on a watchlist of suspected Islamic extremists – after he carried out 3 separate attacks in the medieval town of Carcassonne and nearby Trebes

HOSTAGE CRISIS. French gendarmes block the access to Trebes, where a man took hostages at a supermarket on March 23, 2018 in Trebes, southwest France. Photo by Eric Cabanis/AFP

#MMShakeDrill: What to do during a terror attack

Jul 16, 2017 - 2:20 PM

What happens when terrorists take advantage of a city devastated by a calamity?

Australian police kill hostage-taker, possible terror link probed

Jun 05, 2017 - 9:22 PM

Authorities have yet to determine whether the incident was terrorism related but Victoria state police says it is one line of inquiry

HOSTAGE SITUATION. A bomb squad member exits a residential building in the Melbourne suburb of Brighton on June 5, 2017. Photo by Mal Fairclough/AFP

Duterte admits to personally killing during Davao hostage incidents

Dec 16, 2016 - 9:15 PM

UPDATED You are pictured as a killer So? At least I killed to protect people says the Philippine President

DID HE KILL? President Rodrigo Duterte clarifies his remarks on 'personally killing' criminals during an interview with reporters on December 16, 2016 in Singapore. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Hostage-taking incident at Dasmariñas mall, 2 dead

Oct 09, 2016 - 2:05 PM

4th UPDATE The incident started as a domestic problem that was brought to the mall according to SM

Duterte vs drugs, Abu Sayyaf hostages, US attacks | 12PM wRap

Sep 19, 2016 - 1:51 PM

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Freed Norwegian, Indonesian hostages headed home

Sep 18, 2016 - 2:04 PM

UPDATED The hostages released by the Abu Sayyaf group two days apart are finally homebound after their ordeal

FREE. Lt General Mayoralgo dela Cruz, Westmincom chief (2nd from right), with freed Indonesian hostages (in blue) and Indonesian Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu i Zamboanga City on September 18, 2016. Rappler sourced photo

Talking Bisaya: How Albay cop made hostage taker put his guard down

Sep 06, 2016 - 9:00 AM

When suspect Bayani Yutiga Dakila Galanon of Masbate demanded an audience with journalists who could speak Bisaya negotiator Chief Superintendent Melvin Buenafe saw an opening

Man takes kid hostage in Masbate-bound bus

Sep 05, 2016 - 8:35 AM

UPDATED A man takes a 2 year old boy hostage for 8 hours in a bus

French jihadist attacks church while under house arrest

Jul 26, 2016 - 5:18 PM

3rd UPDATE President Francois Hollande says the two men who stormed a church before killing the elderly Catholic priest claimed allegiance to ISIS before being shot dead by police

HOSTAGE-TAKING. A municipal police vehicle blocks an underpass leading to the scene of a hostage taking incident in Saint Etienne du Rouvray, near Rouen, France, July 26, 2016. Photo by Alice Patalacci/EPA

Foreigners herded to death in Bangladesh cafe horror

Jul 02, 2016 - 9:20 PM

By the time Bangladeshi commandos stormed Dhaka s Holey Artisan Bakery its floors were a sea of blood strewn with the bodies of foreigners who had been hacked to death

SIEGE ENDS. Policemen behind tape to resrict media and others in the streets close to the Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka, Bangladesh, July 2, 2016. Six gunmen have been shot and killed during an operation to end a hostage situation by military commandos, while two policemen were killed by the gunmen earlier and more than 20 people were injured. EPA/STRINGER

13 hostages rescued after Bangladesh siege – commander

Jul 02, 2016 - 8:15 AM

4th UPDATE Three of them are foreigners Ten locals says Tuhin Mohammad Masud a commander of the elite Rapid Action Battalion which stormed the cafe

HOSTAGE-TAKING. Bangladeshi security forces stand guard as they seal off the streets close to a Spanish resturant, following a hostage taking, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, late July 1, 2016. Photo by EPA

Leni Robredo, Duterte on Abu Sayyaf, Ambo | 12PM wRap

Jun 27, 2016 - 12:19 PM

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10 of Aquino's biggest hits and misses, as seen through social media

Jun 18, 2016 - 1:00 PM

How did President Aquino s term fare under the social media spotlight?

Canada PM Trudeau says no to ransoms

Apr 27, 2016 - 8:02 AM

Prime Minister Trudeau vows instead to hunt down and prosecute hostage takers

Tourists take pictures in front of the parliament building in Ottawa, Canada on December 4, 2015 . Geoff Robins/AFP

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Apr 18, 2016 - 7:21 PM

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9 dead as Philippine troops clash with kidnappers

Dec 30, 2015 - 11:54 PM

The regional military spokesman however refuses to speak on the status of the hostages thought to be held by the gunmen

At ASEAN, Najib hits global terror, beheading in PH

Nov 21, 2015 - 12:08 PM

The Malaysian Prime Minister mentions the bombings and shootings in Paris and Beirut the attack on a plane full of Russians in Egypt the Mali hostage taking and the murder by the Abu Sayyaf of a Malaysian hostage

'SHOCKING EVIL.' Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak condemns global terror attacks as he opens the ASEAN summit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Saturday, November 21. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Two people holding 170 guests, staff hostage in Mali hotel – company

Nov 20, 2015 - 5:27 PM

Hotel group: As per our information two persons have locked in 140 guests and 30 employees

Possible boat used in Samal kidnapping found in Jolo

Sep 26, 2015 - 1:36 PM

Officials are mum if the discovery pointed to possible Abu Sayyaf involvement even as President Aquino earlier said it is likely a new rebel group is behind this

SUSPECT. Authorities release a cartographic sketch of one of the suspects in the Samal Island abduction on September 23, 2015. Photo by Editha Caduaya/Rappler

3 Islamic militants killed in Sulu military clash

Aug 28, 2015 - 8:58 PM

The clash leaves 10 soldiers wounded

SULU ISLAND COMMANDER. Colonel Allan Arrojado of the Philippine Army

Facebook video: Hostages are our men, says Coast Guard

Jun 24, 2015 - 7:00 PM

The video which has gone viral shows the two members of PCG and a barangay captain kneeling on the ground half naked and surrounded by masked gunmen in camouflage

6-year-old helps end bus hostage crisis in Camarines Sur

May 30, 2015 - 9:00 AM

A concerned nephew talks some sense into his uncle who held hostage a bus with 31 passengers due to family problems

HOSTAGE CRISIS. An armed soldier takes hostage 31 passengers of a Manila-bound bus in Camarines Sur on May 29, 2015. Photo by Reden Devilla

Soldier takes hostage bus passengers in Camarines Sur

May 29, 2015 - 3:28 PM

UPDATED Authorities say the Peñafrancia bus being held hostage was travelling from Naga City to Manila The suspect has surrendered

Paris post office hostage-taker surrenders – police

Jan 16, 2015 - 8:55 PM

2ND UPDATE The man with hostages in a post office in a Paris suburb surrenders

Paris hostage-taker seizes Jewish store, at least two dead

Jan 09, 2015 - 10:53 PM

UPDATED The man believed to be holding the Jewish store and the suspected Charlie Hebdo killers know each other a source tells Agence France Presse

Man arrested in NLEX hostage-taking incident

Oct 20, 2014 - 8:46 AM

UPDATED All passengers taken hostage inside a bus at the North Luzon Expressway NLEX are released unharmed The unnamed assailant is assessed with some psychological instability according to police

Manila invites monks to pray for killed Luneta hostages

Aug 07, 2014 - 4:17 PM

The Buddhist monks will pray at the Quirino Grandstand – the site of the hostage drama – for 12 hours on August 9 for the victims and for the greater good of the Philippines

What happened to cops in Luneta hostage-taking crisis?

Apr 23, 2014 - 6:30 PM

PNP chief Alan Purisima gives an update in HK to families of the Quirino hostage taking victims: one police office has been dismissed; 3 demoted; another suspended

HK apology? No way, says Aquino

Feb 05, 2014 - 12:08 PM

UPDATED Aquino also appeals for international support against China in its dispute over the West Philippine Sea comparing it to an incident that was a prelude to World War II

CHALLENGING CHINA. In a New York Times interview, President Benigno Aquino III reiterates the Philippines will not apologizes to Hong Kong, nor will it surrender the West Philippine Sea to China. File photo by Malacañang Photo Bureau

Still no Palace apology despite HK visa sanction

Feb 03, 2014 - 7:04 PM

Vice President Jejomar Binay says he will continue to speak to the Hong Kong government to convince them to take back the sanction on visa free privileges

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

Student kills two in Moscow school hostage drama

Feb 03, 2014 - 5:47 PM

The hostage taker was one of the students of school number 263 on the northern outskirts of Moscow police officials said

SCHOOL CRISIS. Pupils of Moscow school number 263 leave the building escorted by policemen on February 3, 2014. Dmitry Serebryakov/AFP

Hong Kong curbs PH's visa-free privilege

Jan 29, 2014 - 7:16 PM

Hong Kong limits the visa free privilege after it got a negative message from the Philippines over the 2010 hostage crisis

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

Backlash vs OFWs in HK feared over PH refusal to apologize

Nov 06, 2013 - 8:38 PM

Party list group Anakpawis says Hong Kong might stop hiring Filipino workers as well as impose economic sanctions if PH gov t continues to play hard ball

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

HK to Manila execs: Sorry not enough

Nov 01, 2013 - 11:27 AM

Hong Kong wants Manila to grant all its 4 demands in relation to the 2010 hostage crisis

READY TO RUMBLE. Manila mayor Erap Estrada — in full "battle gear" — speaks to bus operators about the Manila bus ban. "Susugirin niyo raw [kasi] kami," he says in jest. Photo by Rappler/Leanne Jazul

Ransom questions as freed Frenchmen arrive home

Oct 31, 2013 - 7:19 AM

The Frenchmen s captors reportedly demanded at least 90 million euros for the release of the four

BACK HOME. French President Francois Hollande (2-R) delivers a speech welcoming the safe return of former French hostages Pierre Legrand (2-L), Thierry Dol (R), Daniel Larribe (3-L) and Marc Feret (L) upon their arrival at Villacoublay military airport outside Paris, France, 30 October 2013. EPA/ Ian Langsdon

DFA on Erap's HK apology: Aquino's stand prevails

Oct 24, 2013 - 4:55 PM

The foreign affairs department says President Aquino s repeated refusal to apologize to Hong Kong should be enough guidance for everyone

READY TO RUMBLE. Manila mayor Erap Estrada — in full "battle gear" — speaks to bus operators about the Manila bus ban. "Susugirin niyo raw [kasi] kami," he says in jest. Photo by Rappler/Leanne Jazul

Erap to issue formal apology for 2010 hostage-taking

Oct 23, 2013 - 4:59 PM

This is not to go against the stand of President Benigno Aquino III but to have closure on the controversy says the secretary of the Manila city council

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

Rappler Newscast | October 7, 2013

Oct 07, 2013 - 9:33 PM

Hong Kong journalists kicked out of APEC for shouting at Aquino PH upholds freedom to navigate South China Sea despite China s warning

1 dead in Makati condo shooting

Sep 05, 2013 - 7:10 PM

UPDATED The Makati police is taking over the security of Burgundy Corporate Tower

HK hostage kin sue Philippine gov't

Aug 22, 2013 - 8:10 PM

The Philippine government and then Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim are among 9 parties being sued Families and victims are also seeking reasonable compensation

Photo by Rappler/Vincent Go.

Seven killed in Florida hostage drama

Jul 27, 2013 - 9:38 PM

UPDATED The suspect allegedly took neighbors hostage for reasons that were not immediately known

Palace: No basis for Lim's Luneta neglect

May 04, 2013 - 6:43 PM

This is the first time that a document prepared by Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr and which clears Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim of liability in the 2010 Luneta hostage taking crisis is made public

The Mayor of Manila in his office. Photo by Rappler/Patricia Evangelista

Hostage-taking in Masbate

Apr 27, 2013 - 6:08 PM

UPDATED 5 children and three adults are hostaged by a man who refuses to be a gun for hire for an unidentified politician

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.