Magtibay tells HK media: Sorry to the family of slain hostages!

September 2, 2010 11:26 am 

MANILA, Sept. 1 — Chief Superintendent Rodolfo Magtibay, former Manila Police District (MPD) director, said he did his best during the hostage crisis as he apologized to the family and relatives of the eight hostages who were killed last August 23 at the Quirino Grandstand, Luneta Park, Manila.

This developed as the NBI sent a team to the house of Manila Mayor Alfredo S. Lim to get his statement.

Magtibay appeared at the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to give statement regarding the tragedy.

“I did my best, I did my best,” said the embattled former MPD director when asked by local and Hong Kong reporters when he showed up at the NBI.

“All I can say is that I’m sorry for the unnecessary loss of lives. I did my best, I did my best,” Magtibay told reporters.

He said he would cooperate in the on-going fact-finding investigation as he was among the nine personalities to be invited by the Incident Investigation and Review Committee (IICR) to shed light on the hostage-taking incident.

The IICR is headed by Justice and Interior and Local Government departments.

Magtibay was the ground commander during the hostage situation.

Meanwhile, Michael Rogas of the Radio Mindanao Network (RMN), one of the anchorman who was the last person who interviewed the slain hostage taker, Sr. Insp. Rolando Mendoza, also gave his statement before the NBI headquarters on Wednesday.

Earlier, Jake Maderazo and Erwin Tulfo also from RMN both gave their testimonies regarding the incident.

Tulfo was reportedly talking with Mendoza before he had gone wild and started shooting his hostage victims. (PNA) DCT/JES

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