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Mom, 2 kids rescued from hostage-taker in Tondo

Manila Police District (MPD)

The Manila Police District (MPD) under the stewardship of its Director, PBGen. Andre Dizon, saved a mother and her two kids from a man who took them hostage in Tondo, Manila on Friday evening.

In his report to PBGen. Dizon, MPD-Station 1 commander P/Lt. Colonel Rosalino “Jhun” Ibay, Jr. identified the hostage-taker as Elmeros Venicin, 31, of Block 49, Lot 28, Barangay Longos, Malabon City.

It was learned that Ibay negotiated with the hostage-taker and convinced him to release his hostages identified as Neizel Labial and her children Chloe Labial Beroy, 12 and Joshua Labial Beroy, aged 3, all of No. 1864 Franco corner Herbosa Streets, Tondo.

The incident took place at around 6 p.m. at the third floor of the said apartment located in Tondo.

Witness Michael Tassara, 42, also a resident in the said apartment building, the suspect barged into the apartment while holding a knife and then locked the door.

The Pritil Police Community Precinct (PCP) was alerted by other residents regarding the presence of the suspect who is not a resident of the said building.

MPD-Station 1, Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) operatives responded along with other units of the MPD, where P/Colonel Julius Anonuevo was directed by PBGen. Andre to serve as ground commander.

Ibay said the suspect was ‘high’ on drugs but that he was able to convince the latter to release the victims after giving in to his request to have his 12-year-old sister picked up from their home in Malabon.

“Yung kapatid ng suspek, pinasundo ko sa Malabon, kaya nandun at mabuti naman at napasunod ko,” Ibay said.

It was learned that the suspect is jobless and just happened to have passed by the area. He told the police he did not intend to harm anyone and was just afraid that someone was out to kill him.

The hostage-taking ended at 7:45 p.m. No one was harmed.

The suspect is now facing a case of alarm and scandal and violation against women and children.

Itchie G. Cabayan
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