Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada said the city government will seek the help of the ambassador of China regarding efforts to appease Hong Kong, which insists on an apology from President Aquino over the hostage-taking that killed Hong Kong tourists in 2010.
By Jeannette I. Andrade
A sermon on a Sunday afternoon from a police official convinced a 57-year-old American to free his hostage at an apartelle in Quezon City and voluntarily give himself up, effectively ending a three-hour standoff.
By Nancy C. Carvajal
Chinese-Filipino businessmen based in Manila are planning to raise P60 million to compensate the families of the victims of the 2010 Rizal Park hostage crisis that left eight Hong Kong tourists dead.
By Ryan D. Rosauro
The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has offered to mediate in ending the standoff in Zamboanga City between Philippine government troops and forces loyal to Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) founder Nur Misuari.
By Tarra Quismundo
Three more governments have advised their citizens against travel to the Zamboanga area amid ongoing clashes between government forces and armed members of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF).
By Tarra Quismundo
The United States Embassy in Manila told its citizens, on Monday, to stay away from the Zamboanga area amid clashes between government forces and armed members of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF).
Two Danes and four Filipinos who were held hostage in Somalia for more than two years after their ship was attacked by pirates were released on Tuesday, the Danish government said.
The Philippines remains committed to deploying troops in UN peacekeeping hot spots despite the brief hostage-taking of 21 Filipino soldiers, who were welcomed back to freedom in Jordan with a traditional military feast, officials said Sunday.
By Julie S. Alipala
“We never thought we’d make it out alive.”
By Susan Ople
This is the story of 31-year old seafarer Gerald Gonzales from Iloilo City. He holds the record for being the longest held Filipino hostage in Somalia. Gerald boarded MV Iceberg 1, a cargo ship, way back in 2009 for a 9-month stint as an oiler (all-around shipmate) with a salary of $350. His contract was to expire on April 12, 2010. But Gerald’s ship was hijacked by Somali pirates on March 29, 2010.
By Isabel Escoda
It was troubling to see the photograph on the front page of Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post on Jan. 19 of a patient lying apparently unconscious, his head heavily bandaged and in a neck-brace, with Algerian Minister Youcef Yousfi and a doctor looking anxiously down at him. The photo caption only said it was a “freed Filipino hostage” and the accompanying AFP (Agence France Presse) report did not identify him.
By Tetch Torres
The Department of Foreign Affairs said that another Filipino has been confirmed killed in last week’s siege by Islamic militants of a remote natural gas plant in Algeria, bringing to eight the total number of Filipino fatalities.