(IIRC Update) Police negotiator says he had chance to subdue hostage taker

September 5, 2010 2:12 am 

MANILA, Sept. 4 — One of the police investigators in the Luneta Grandstand hostage stand-off told the Incident Investigation and Review Committee (IIRC) on Saturday that he had a chance to subdue hostage taker dismissed Senior Insp. Rolando Mendoza but was prevented from doing so by his superior officer as such practice is not in their protocol.

Chief Insp. Romeo Salvador said the opportunity came when Mendoza was standing near the bus' door talking to them on the status of his reinstatement to the police service.

"Friend, if they will only issue my reinstatement, I'll go down and release all the hostages," he recalled Mendoza as saying in Filipino.

He added that he had the chance to subdue the hostage taker then as the latter was still calm and cooperating with police authorities.

Salvador also claimed that he overheard Mendoza talking with Deputy Ombudsman Emilio Gonzales through a mobile phone.

Mendoza reportedly said that it will all be Gonzales' fault if someone got hurt or killed in the hostage crisis.

Meanwhile, Salvador said one of the mobile phones used by Mendoza to talk to authorities and friends was mistakenly turned over to Hong Kong authorities.

He added that what he knew was that Mendoza asked for a battery for another cellphone because the one he was using is running out of power.

But what the runner brought in was a mobile phone belonging to one of the responding policemen.

Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Leila De Lima, and IIRC chair, issued a directive regarding this incident.

The said phone was said to be the one used by Mendoza when he started getting angry. (PNA)



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