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Dante Jimenez, left, head of a private watchdog Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption, gives white roses as he conveys his sympathies to Tse Chi Kin, right, brother of the late Masa Tse, a Hong Kong tour guide who was the first to be killed by a dismissed policeman who took Hong Kong tourists hostage, during a ceremony to mark the first anniversary of the botched bus hostage drama Tuesday Aug. 23, 2011 in Manila, Philippines. Eight Hong Kong tourists were killed in the botched hostage rescue when the dismissed policeman took them hostage exactly a year ago Tuesday. In the center is Lee Mei Chun, mother of the late Masa Tse. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

Manila hostage tragedy: A year after

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.