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Manila hostage crisis a year after

Lee Mei Chun, mother of one of the victims killed in the August 2011 Luneta Hostage Tragedy, cries during a press conference held in Fort Santiago, Manila. Families of the victims of last year's hostage bloody tragedy arrived in Manila yesterday to commemorate the first anniversary of the event while they also demanded a formal public apology from the Philippine government, and to provide compensation to the victims. (Marlo Cueto/NPPA Images)

Manila hostage tragedy: A year after

1 January 1970

On August 23, 2010 irate cop Rolando Mendoza held hostage a busload of foreign tourists as he demanded that he be returned to service. Negotiations were initially smooth and he released several hostages. Hours later, negotiations broke down.

An attempt to save the hostages appeared futile, as people from all over the world watched everything unfold on live television. The stand-off lasted for 12 hours and left nine people, including Mendoza, dead.