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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

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

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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

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Jun 27, 2016 - 12:19 PM

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Jun 18, 2016 - 1:00 PM

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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