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[OPINION] The real hostage situation

Mar 04, 2020 - 4:11 PM

'On troll-ridden social media, I expected the security guard to be crucified. But instead, I saw comments not only sympathetic, but even empathetic, to the man'

Lunacy in our midst

Mar 04, 2020 - 2:00 PM

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Frustrated murder, illegal detention complaint filed vs Greenhills hostage taker

Mar 04, 2020 - 12:14 PM

Alchie Paray is also accused of illegal possession of firearms, explosives, and a bladed weapon

ACCUSED. Alchie Paray (left) is escorted by San Juan City Police chief Colonel Jaime Santos (right) after cops filed criminal cases against Paray on Wednesday, March 4. San Juan police photo

Alchie Paray: What turned a Greenhills guard into a hostage taker

Mar 03, 2020 - 9:58 PM

Paray recalls being threatened by a Greenhills tenant, 'Sinabi ko sa ’yo hindi ka na tatagal dito'

ARRESTED. Policemen lead Alchie Paray, the hostage taker at the V-Mall, to a waiting vehicle after his surrender on March 2, 2020. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Greenhills hostage taker refused P1M: 'He needed to be heard'

Mar 03, 2020 - 6:50 PM

'Hindi niya tinanggap kasi hindi pera ang kailangan niya eh. Ang kailangan niya marinig lang yung hinaing,' says San Juan Mayor Francis Zamora

DEMANDS. Hostage taker Alchie Paray talks to media and onlookers after releasing his hostages at the V-Mall in San Juan on March 2, 2020. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Malacañang satisfied with handling of Greenhills hostage crisis

Mar 03, 2020 - 2:42 PM

'For as long as people are alive, we welcome it,' says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo

HOSTAGE CRISIS. Policemen lead fired security guard Alchie Paray out the V-Mall after his surrender on March 2, 2020. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

PNP to inspect outposts of Greenhills hostage taker's security agency

Mar 03, 2020 - 2:19 PM

The Philippine National Police will inspect the deployment of Safeguard Armor Security Corporation

OFFICIALS. Security officers of the Greenhills Shopping Center and SASCOR security agency apologize to the hostage taker during a a video call to the hostage taker on March 2, 2020. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

PNP backpedals, says Greenhills hostage taker is licensed guard

Mar 03, 2020 - 2:06 PM

Fired security guard Alchie Paray has a license that is not set to expire until 2021

ARRESTED. SWAT personnel escort hostage taker Alchie Paray outside of the Greenhills Shopping Center on March 2, 2020. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Greenhills negotiator also led talks in 2010 Manila bus hostage crisis

Mar 03, 2020 - 12:42 PM

Colonel Orlando Yebra has the rare record of speaking with two high-profile hostage takers in his career

BUNGLED CRISIS. Philippine police at the Luneta hostage crisis. File photo by Rappler/Vincent Go

San Juan to probe ‘corruption' allegations raised during Greenhills hostage incident

Mar 03, 2020 - 11:21 AM

'Kailangan nating mag-imbistiga. Bagamat ito ay isang bagay na pribado, kailangang mangialam ang lungsod dito,' says San Juan City Mayor Francis Zamora

LOCAL CHIEF EXECUTIVE. San Juan Mayor Francis Zamora emerges from the inside the V-Mall after assessing the situation of hostage taking incident at the Greenhills Shopping Center on March 2, 2020. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

TIMELINE: Hostage-taking incident in Greenhills mall

Mar 03, 2020 - 8:00 AM

(UPDATED) The hostages have been freed and the hostage-taker has been arrested. Here’s a rundown of events of the March 2 incident at the Greenhills mall.

SWAT personnels escort hostage taker Archie Paray outside of the Greenhills Shopping Center on March 2, 2020. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

WATCH: Greenhills hostage crisis ends

Mar 03, 2020 - 7:19 AM

The crisis lasts 9 hours, ending with the suspect getting tackled to the ground by cops after speaking with the media for around 20 minutes

ARRESTED. SWAT personnel escort hostage taker Alchie Paray outside of the Greenhills Shopping Center on March 2, 2020. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Greenhills hostage taker has ‘no record’ of being accredited as guard – PNP

Mar 02, 2020 - 11:33 PM

'He is not licensed,' says San Juan police chief Colonel Jaime Santos

MONOLOGUE. Alchie Paray talks to media and onlookers after releasing his hostages at the V-Mall in San Juan on March 2, 2020. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Greenhills hostage taker arrested

Mar 02, 2020 - 9:39 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Cops tackle to the ground hostage taker Alchie Paray after a pistol is spotted on his waist

ARRESTED. Policemen subdue hostage taker Archie Paray (center) after he surrenders outside a mall in Greenhills, San Juan, Metro Manila on March 2, 2020. AFP photo

Greenhills hostages freed

Mar 02, 2020 - 8:16 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Earlier, the superiors of hostage taker Alchie Paray – a security guard fired for being absent without leave – apologized and offered to resign in a bid to end the crisis

FREED. Hostages walk in a line after being released from inside a mall in Greenhills, San Juan, Metro Manila on March 2, 2020. AFP photo

Greenhills hostage taker's bosses apologize, resign in bid to end crisis

Mar 02, 2020 - 6:39 PM

(4th UPDATE) The hostage taker has been identified as Alchie Paray, a 40-year-old guard who was fired after apparently going on absence without leave for weeks

APOLOGY. Security officers of the Greenhills Shopping Center and the Safeguard Armor Security Corporation apologize during a video call to the hostage taker on March 2, 2020. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

LIST: Hostage-taking incidents in the Philippines

Mar 02, 2020 - 6:04 PM

What are the usual motives and outcomes? Rappler lists some of incidents.

Greenhills hostage taker demands to talk to fellow guards, media

Mar 02, 2020 - 2:38 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The hostage taker, a former guard of V-Mall, was fired after going on absence without leave for weeks

EVACUATION. Policemen evacuate shoppers and vendors from V-Mall in Greenhills, San Juan, after a former guard hold dozens hostage in the administration office late morning of March 2, 2020. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

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

Mar 02, 2020 - 1:07 PM

(8th UPDATE) The suspect is a former security guard provided by the Safeguard Armor Security Corporation or SASCOR

LOCKDOWN. Vira Mall in Greenhills, San Juan, has been locked down as an armed former security guard hold hostage about 30 persons, mostly vendors, on March 2, 2020. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

China police kill kidnapper armed with explosives

Jan 13, 2020 - 2:52 PM

The kidnapper uses a homemade gun and explosive devices, in a rare case involving firearms in the country

GOTCHA. Members of the police acting as terrorist (L) and hostage take part in a counter terrorist training exercise in Hong Kong on May 11, 2017. (Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP)

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

Duterte to send 2 frigates to secure Filipino hostages in Libya

Aug 03, 2018 - 6:51 PM

The Philippine leader's declaration comes after South Korea sends a warship to ensure the release of its national who was abducted along with 3 Filipino engineers

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte bows his head in prayer prior to the start of the Joint Armed Forces of the Philippines-Philippine National Police (AFP-PNP) Command Conference at the Malacañan Palace on July 4, 2018. Also in the photo are Sec. Bong Go of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President, Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza, and Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

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

2 Scout Rangers killed in Sulu rescue mission

May 14, 2018 - 11:06 AM

10 Abu Sayyaf bandits are believed to have been killed as the military steps up its offensive after the group kidnapped two female cops

KIDNAPPED. Police Officer 2 Benierose Alvares and Police Officer 1 Dinah Gumahad are kidnapped in Sulu. Sourced photo

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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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

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

Marawi priest Chito Soganub says captivity a ‘test of faith’

Mar 23, 2018 - 3:38 PM

The Catholic priest held hostage by the terrorist Maute Group for 116 days opens up during the launch of an initiative to help rebuild Marawi

TEST OF FAITH. Marawi priest Father Teresito 'Chito' Soganub says in a press conference on March 23, 2018, that his life in captivity tested his 'spiritual sanity.' Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

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Vietnamese hostage of Abu Sayyaf dies, 3 others rescued

Nov 10, 2017 - 10:15 PM

The local bandit group is still holding 7 foreigners and 9 Filipinos as captives

SOUTHWESTERN TIP. Tawi-Tawi province is located at the southwestern tip of the Philippine archipelago

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Documentary | Marawi: 153 days of war

Oct 25, 2017 - 9:08 PM

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A family's tale of terror, hope, faith during the Marawi siege

Oct 19, 2017 - 2:07 PM

'It took almost 5 minutes to cut through. I screamed inside my head, holding back my tears as they commanded us to shout, Allah Wakbar,' says Ronnel Samiahan, recalling the beheading of a fellow hostage that they were forced to watch

BACK TO BUKIDNON. Ronnel Samiahan (right) with his family in their home in Impasug-ong, Bukidnon. Photo by Linus Escandor

Marawi terrorists raped 15-year-old hostage in front of mother

Oct 19, 2017 - 11:17 AM

Another female hostage fears the terrorists killed her husband because he worked for the government, according to a documentary of the government

BATTLE AREA. Local terrorist groups in Marawi used hostages as human shield. Rappler photo

Troops rescue 17 more hostages in Marawi

Oct 16, 2017 - 12:17 PM

'Our troops have rescued 17 civilian hostages and mopping up operations are underway,' says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

DISPLACED. The war in Marawi displaced about 400,000 in the province of Lanao Del Sur. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

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Over a dozen Marawi hostages rescued

Oct 04, 2017 - 1:07 PM

(UPDATED) The hostages are believed to have been separated after the terrorists were forced to abandon Bato Mosque when they were overwhelmed by troops

Hostages, IEDs slow down push to end war in Marawi

Oct 01, 2017 - 9:14 AM

(UPDATED) Western Mindanao Command chief Lieutenant General Carlito Galvez says they will not rush the troops to avoid unnecessary deaths of hostages and soldiers

Coins, nails used as shrapnel for Maute bombs in Marawi

Sep 29, 2017 - 6:32 PM

Crisis spokesperson Zia Alonto Adiong hits the Maute Group for using the Bato Mosque to manufacture IEDs

3 Maute fighters surrender in Marawi

Sep 29, 2017 - 4:07 PM

'I believe hindi na nila kaya ang intense fighting,' says Westmincom chief Lieutenant General Carlito Galvez

ISIS-LINKED GROUPS. Marawi City is attacked by ISIS-inspired militants belonging to the Maute Group on May 23, 2017. Photo by Mohammad Manshawi

'Bring him back alive,' kin of Maute hostage pleads

Sep 28, 2017 - 9:53 PM

'Masaya po kami na malaman na buhay siya, na malungkot, na natatakot sa sitwasyon niya doon ngayon,' says Anaidah Rascal, sister of Maute hostage Jalal Rascal

'HAVE MERCY.' Anaidah Rascal asks the military to rescue her brother, Maute hostage Jalal Rascal. Rappler photo

The life of a Maute hostage in Marawi

Sep 28, 2017 - 9:17 PM

Omar Maute tells his hostage Lordvin Acopio: 'Gawin mo na lang itong trabahong ito na parang humanitarian [work]. Dahil kapwa mo sila tao. Huwag mo gawin ito dahil captors mo sila.'

MAUTE HOSTAGE. Dansalan College teacher Lordvin Acopio was held captive for 117 days. Rappler photo