Rappler's latest stories on hostage takings
'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'
Alchie Paray is also accused of illegal possession of firearms, explosives, and a bladed weapon
Paray recalls being threatened by a Greenhills tenant, 'Sinabi ko sa ’yo hindi ka na tatagal dito'
'Hindi niya tinanggap kasi hindi pera ang kailangan niya eh. Ang kailangan niya marinig lang yung hinaing,' says San Juan Mayor Francis Zamora
'For as long as people are alive, we welcome it,' says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo
The Philippine National Police will inspect the deployment of Safeguard Armor Security Corporation
Fired security guard Alchie Paray has a license that is not set to expire until 2021
Colonel Orlando Yebra has the rare record of speaking with two high-profile hostage takers in his career
'Kailangan nating mag-imbistiga. Bagamat ito ay isang bagay na pribado, kailangang mangialam ang lungsod dito,' says San Juan City Mayor Francis Zamora
(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.
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
'He is not licensed,' says San Juan police chief Colonel Jaime Santos
(3rd UPDATE) Cops tackle to the ground hostage taker Alchie Paray after a pistol is spotted on his waist
(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
(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
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(3rd UPDATE) The hostage taker, a former guard of V-Mall, was fired after going on absence without leave for weeks
(8th UPDATE) The suspect is a former security guard provided by the Safeguard Armor Security Corporation or SASCOR
The kidnapper uses a homemade gun and explosive devices, in a rare case involving firearms in the country
Police say the alleged hostage taker in Barangay Bulacao, Cebu City, held captive his cousin for 'no apparent reason'
Dominador Abrinno, a resident of Taguig City, surrenders to a Manila Police negotiator after two hours
(4th UPDATE) The lone fatality is a woman shot in the Trader Joe's supermarket who was declared dead on the spot
(UPDATED) The motive for the attack is not clear but the incident does not appear to be terrorism-related
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(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
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Authorities have yet to determine whether the incident was terrorism related but Victoria state police says it is one line of inquiry
UPDATED You are pictured as a killer So? At least I killed to protect people says the Philippine President
4th UPDATE The incident started as a domestic problem that was brought to the mall according to SM
UPDATED The hostages released by the Abu Sayyaf group two days apart are finally homebound after their ordeal
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
UPDATED A man takes a 2 year old boy hostage for 8 hours in a bus
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
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
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
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The regional military spokesman however refuses to speak on the status of the hostages thought to be held by the gunmen
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
Hotel group: As per our information two persons have locked in 140 guests and 30 employees
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
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
A concerned nephew talks some sense into his uncle who held hostage a bus with 31 passengers due to family problems
UPDATED Authorities say the Peñafrancia bus being held hostage was travelling from Naga City to Manila The suspect has surrendered
2ND UPDATE The man with hostages in a post office in a Paris suburb surrenders