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Philippine reveals better equipped agencies' help refused during hijacking crisis

08-27-2010 13:46 BJT Special Report:HK Tourists Held Hostage in Manila |

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Philippine police authorities are continuing to investigate the failed outcome of the hostage incident. Officials say they are working around the clock to get the results as soon as possible.

Candace Giron, Manila, The Philippines, said, "Police admitted their inadequacies in handling the hostage crisis. The team that led the assault were ill prepared, ill equipped and lacked the necessary training in addressing the situation."

Manila Police Chief Gen. Rodolfo Magtibay voluntarily took a leave pending the investigations. Magtibay owned up to the the failed outcome. Four members of the SWAT team under him were also relieved from their posts.

Agrimero Croz, PNP Spokesman, Senior Superintendment, said, "He made assurances that they were trained and they were prepared to do the job."

Cruz reveals that during the course of the crisis, there were offers from better equipped agencies to help manage the negotiations. Cruz says the crisis management team headed by retired general now Manila Mayor Fred Lim refused the offers.

Police have recovered inside the bus 59 empty shells of an M16 rifle, the same rifle used by the hostage taker.

Cruz reports they have completed the trajectory examinations of the bullets as well as the paraffin test on Mendoza. The m16 he used tested positive of nitrates. The cellphone Mendoza used is undergoing technical examinations to ascertain the persons he may have called or called him during the hostage incident.

Scene of the crime operatives have also submitted their report on the belongings and other possible pieces of evidence recovered from the bus. The bus will be transferred to a warehouse in Bicutan, Taguig for safekeeping and further probe. Foreign experts are encouraged to help and observe in the investigation which Cruz says may take months or even years.

Autopsy results on the nine fatalities, including the hostage-taker showed that all of the victims died from gunshot wounds and not from any stab or slash wounds. Mendoza sustained 8 gunshot wounds from ground shooters and sniper shots.

Most of the gunshots wounds were found on the heads of the victims. Cruz stresses there were no friendly fire toward the victims.

The most challenging phase of the investigation he says is the scientific investigation because only splinters were recovered from the bodies.

Police authorities have been getting flak for failing to prevent Mendoza's brother from meddling in the negotiations. Cruz says obstruction of justice has been filed against Mendoza. The mendoza brothers, Cruz shares, had several cases lodged against them including grave misconduct, neglect of duty, and abuse of authority.

Despite getting criticism from various directions, Philippine police says it will continue with their investigations to rebuild the trust of the local and international community.

Agrimero Croz, PNP Spokesman, Senior Superintendment, said, "We will make this investigation a classic case, a textbook case so that we can show our people and to the world that we are capable of conducting the investigation this time."


Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: CNTV.CN

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