Police shot dead four members of a kidnap gang in a suburb of Manila last Sunday (5 December) in one of the capital's bloodiest incidents in recent history.
Police shot dead four members of a kidnap gang in a suburb of Manila last Sunday (5 December) in one of the capital's bloodiest incidents in recent history. A sixteen-member gang had held a local Chinese millionaire and his family hostage in a suburban apartment block until police captured the gang members and shot four of them. Two of the leaders died under police gunfire on the balcony of the block as they threatened to kill the millionaire unless a ransom of 8,000 Pesos (about GBP600 Sterling) was paid.
SYNOPSIS: An apartment block in a suburb of Manila was the scene last Sunday of a shooting incident which was one of the bloodiest in the city's recent history. A gang of kidnappers held John Ngo--a local Chinese millionaire-- and 13 of his family hostage in the block until police surrounded the building. The police were tipped off by one of the family. When police came, a gang leader, named as Basilio Marcelo, appeared on the balcony with Mr. Ngo and threatened to kill him if the ransom of about GBP600 Sterling wasn't paid. Basilio's brother, Primo, hurled insults at police.
Then police weapons fired.
Basilio slumped over the balcony in pain as police moved forward on the roof. They fired again.
More police took up positions on the roof.
Primo tried to rescue his dying brother and police shot him. As he fell, a policeman came up from behind and pistol-whipped him. Two other gang members also died in the shoot-out.
Parents of the dead brothers are alleging police inhumanity and they're demanding compensation. The other 12 gang members told police later that they had only recently joined the group and knew nothing of the holdup taking place in the house.