IIRC conducts ocular inspection of Hong Thai Travel bus

September 9, 2010 10:12 am 

MANILA, Sept. 8 — The Incident Investigation and Review Committee (IIRC) chaired by Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Leila De Lima on Wednesday afternoon conducted an ocular inspection of the Hong Thai Travel bus where the bodies of the eight Hong Kong tourists were recovered after an 11-hour hostage-taking pulled off by dismissed Manila police Sr. Insp. Rolando Mendoza in front of the Quirino Grandstand in Luneta Park, Manila last August 23.

A re-enactment of the hostage-taking drama inside the tourist bus was also conducted after a thorough ocular inspection where agents of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) acted as the tourists while bus driver Alberto Lubang acted as the hostage-taker and narrated what happened inside the bus during the hostage crisis.

Also present during the ocular inspection and re-enactment were DOJ Undersecretary Jose Vicente "JV" Salazar and NBI Director Magtanggol Gatdula.

The IIRC was ordered by President Benigno Simeon "Noynoy" C. Aquino III to conduct an in-depth investigation into the hostage-taking incident and to leave no stone unturned to come out with what really transpired during that fateful day.

Present during the more than two-and-a-half hours (2:30 p.m.-5p.m.) were IIRC vice chair Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Jesse Robredo, and members Atty. Roan Libarios, representing the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP); Teresita Ang-See, representing the Filipino-Chinese community and Herman Basbano, representing the Kapisanan ng mga Brodcaster ng Pilipinas (KBP).

The Hong Thai Travel bus which is now housed at the Quarter Master warehouse of the Logistic Support of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) in Camp Bagong Diwa, in Bicutan, Taguig City was marked with yarns showing the trajectory of the bullets protruding inside and out of the bus.

The bus is a 43-seater vehicle with 26 passengers on board last August 23, including the 9 released hostages, 8 Hong Kong tourists who were killed later, hostage-taker Mendoza, bus driver Lubang and 7 survivors. (PNA)

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