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Let's update you on the hostage situation in the Philippine capital of Manila that's been going on for about eight hours now. A short time ago, the gunman released a ninth hostage from the bus. Sixteen people remain on board.
Many of them are Hong Kong tourists. The hostage-taker is Rolando Mendoza, a former senior policeman who was dismissed from the force recently due to an extortion incident.
Police say he is armed with an M16 rifle and is demanding his job back. A total of 22 people from Hong Kong and three Filipinos were onboard the bus when they were taken hostage just before midday local time.